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"To Thine Own Self Be True" and Other Amazing Shakespeare Quotes

Across his 37 timeless plays, Shakespeare wrote many a memorable quote. A poet and actor himself, he certainly knew how to bring his famed lyricism and metaphorical writing into stage dialogue in the most poignant, hilarious and moving ways. There really is a Shakespeare quote for every occasion and here we've compiled a list of 15 of the most amazing Shakespeare quotes from his very best plays.'to-thine-own-self-be-true'-and-other-amazing-shakespeare-quotes-header.jpg

"This above all: to thine own self be true."


"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

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"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!"

King Lear 

"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 

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep."

The Tempest

"If music be the food of love play on."

Twelfth Night 

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

A Midsummer Night's Dream 

"What's in a name? A rose by any name would smell as sweet."

Romeo and Juliet

"A horse! A horse! my kingdom for a horse!"

Richard III 

"Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."

Henry IV, Part 2 

"All that glisters is not gold."

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So, these are our very favourite Shakespeare quotes but there are so many to choose from that it's really tricky to pick just 15 - and we've not even started on his poetry yet! If you're ever in need of some inspiring or poignant words then Shakespeare quotes are always a fantastic way to go. 

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