Shakespeare Quotes On Life, Love, And Friendship

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Shakespeare quotes come from the works of arguably the best playwright the world has ever seen. A writer before his time, Shakespeare wrote countless poems and plays. His storylines influenced literature, film, and TV centuries after his death.

Born in 1564, Shakespeare grew up in the English cozy town Stratford-Upon-Avon. He married Anne Hathaway (no, not the Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway) at 18 years old. There aren’t many records of Shakespeare while during his early married life. Yet, in his later 20s, Shakespeare’s writing took off.

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In his 52 years of life, Shakespeare wrote like crazy. He composed 38 plays and more than 150 poems. These were not just any old verses or lines. Shakespeare’s artistic vision was beyond his time. He created storylines for tragedies, comedies, and histories the world never saw before. To this day, his works influence the plots of books, movies, and films. Shakespeare’s works are translated into nearly every major language.

Shakespeare had a way with words and a deep understanding of others. To discover his brilliance, check out these quotes by Shakespeare on life, love, and friendship.

Shakespeare’s Quotes on Life

  1. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”—Jaques, As You Like It
  2. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”—Malvolio, Twelfth Night
  3. “All that glitters is not gold.” –  Morocco, Merchant of Venice
  4. “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” —Escalus, Measure for Measure
  5. “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” —All’s Well That Ends Well
  6. “Action is eloquence.” —Volumnia, Coriolanus
  7. “The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.”—Touchstone, As You Like It
  8. “Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.” —King John
  9. “The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.”—Claudio, Measure for Measure
  10. “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” —King Henry IVWilliam Shakespeare quotes

Shakespeare Quotes About Love

  1. “Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make females mad”Roin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. “I do love nothing in the world so well as you: is not that strange?”Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing
  3. “The hind, that would be mated by the lion, must die for love.” Helena, All’s Well that Ends Well
  4. “If music be the food of love, play on” Orsino, Twelfth Night
  5.  “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other word would smell as sweet…”Juliet, Romeo & Juliet
  6. “She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is woman, and therefore to be won’ Suffolk, Henry VI Part 1
  7. “Love is like a child, That longs for everything it can come by”The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  8. “But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”—from “Sonnet 8”
  9. “Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love”— Enobarbus, Antony & Cleopatra 
  10. “To be wise and love, Exceeds man’s might” Troilus & Cressida
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Shakespeare Quotes on Friendship

  1. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” —Polonius, Hamlet
  2. “Keep thy friend. Under thy own life’s key.” —Countess to Bertram, All’s Well That Ends Well
  3. “A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.”—Cassius, Julius Caesar
  4. “Friendship is constant in all things. Save in the office and affairs of love.” —Claudio, Much Ado About Nothing
  5. “I would not wish. Any companion in the world but you.” —Miranda, The Tempest 
  6. “Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people.” —Henry VIII, Henry VIII
  7. “Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” —Cassius, Julius Caesar
  8. “Love all, trust a few, Do wrong to none.” Countess Of Rousillon, All’s Well that Ends Well
  9. “There is flattery in friendship.” —Constable, Henry V
  10. “Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed heare. Blest be the man that spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my bones” —Shakespeare’s Grave

There are tons of Shakespeare quotes that you probably have heard quite often. Isn’t it incredible how relevant these quotes still are? Remember, when you share these quotes with friends and family, that you sharing the words of a nearly 500-year-old literary genius. Pretty cool, huh? 

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