There is nothing either good nor bad but thinking makes it so (Hamlet) William Shakespeare quote
Condemn the fault and not the actor of it? (Measure for Measure) William Shakespeare quote
But words are words; I never yet did hear
That the bruised heart was pierced through the ear (Othello) William Shakespeare quote
Et tu, Bruté? Then fall, Caesar! (Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1) William Shakespeare quote
When we are born we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools - King Lear William Shakespeare quote
Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle towards my hand? - Macbeth William Shakespeare quote
Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day - Macbeth Time
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Shepherd, now I find thy saw of might: Who ever loved that loved not at first sight? - As You Like It William Shakespeare quote
The most famous English playwright of all time, 1564 - 1616. He wrote a large number of plays in different genres, such as comedies, tragedies, histories and of course romances.
Some of his work is still regularly studied in classrooms to this day so his influence is enduring; for instance Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are still commonly studied. His longest play was Hamlet which many consider to be the greatest play of all time.
His influence on the English language was immense with a surprisingly high number of words tracing their origin to his work, as indeed do many phrases.
His mind was clearly very productive and his command for story telling and commenting on humans and humanity meant his stories have reached through the ages even if the language now is difficult to understand. For many he is the greatest writer that has ever lived. Read our book reviews for William Shakespeare