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39 BEST ONE LINERS BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

April 23, 2016

Here are bard’s 39 best one-liners on life, love, wisdom, death; and everything in between. I am a ‘JABRA FAN’ of Shakespeare. Et tu, Brute? Then go for it!


A lasting impression of Shakespeare has been etched in the minds and hearts of both theatre and literary world. And why not? Shakespeare is the most celebrated dramatist cum writer. Today is the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare and also the World Book Day.
Thus, Creative Lichens brings to you 39 Best Quotes from Shakespeare’s works. He was truly a genius. Happy Reading… 🙂

  1. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)
  2. If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces. (The Merchant of Venice)
  3. 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. (As you like it)
  4. I am a man more sinned against than sinning. (King Lear)
  5. Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. (Much Ado About Nothing)
  6. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. (Henry IV, Part 2)
  7. Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. (Hamlet)
  8. He doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves. (Julius Caesar)
  9. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  10. The course of true love never did run smooth. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  11. If music be the food of love, play on. (Twelfth Night)
  12. Beware the Ides of March. (Julius Caesar)
  13. I am one who loved not wisely but too well. (Othello)
  14. If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? (The Merchant of Venice)
  15. ‘To be or not to be, that is the question. (Hamlet)
  16. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (Romeo & Juliet)
  17. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. (Julius Caesar)
  18. “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.” (Julius Caesar)
  19. “Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” (Macbeth)
  20. “No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved, but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason.” (As You Like It)
  21. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” (All’s Well That Ends Well)
  22. “See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand! O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
    that I might touch that cheek!”
     (Romeo and Juliet)
  23. “Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.” (All Well That Ends Well)
  24. “By all the vows that ever men have broke,
    In number, more than ever women spoke” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  25. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  26. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” (As You Like It)
  27. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” (Measure for Measure)
  28. “Let life be short; else shame will be too long.” (Henry V)
  29. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. (Julius Caesar)
  30. “For I never saw true beauty ‘til this night”. (Romeo and Juliet)
  31. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” (Hamlet)
  32. “We know what we are, but not what we may be.” –William Shakespeare
  33. “If love be blind, it best agrees with night.” (Romeo and Juliet)
  34. “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” (Midsummer Night’s Dreams)
  35. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ― William Shakespeare
  36. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” (Midsummer Night’s Dreams)
  37. “Live a little; Comfort a little; Cheer yourself a little.” (As You Like It)
  38. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” (Hamlet)
  39. “I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty”. (King Lear)

-By Saneya Arif, Swati Sinha

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