William Shakespeare: ‘The Man’ of words


The Bard’s ten best quotes which will leave you cast in his spell of words

Shakespeare, the English poet, playwright, actor, world’s pre-eminent dramatist, England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”, has written about 37 plays and 154 sonnets which ever since their genesis have bewitched the hearts and minds of literature lovers. His early works were largely comedies moving to tragedies in the later part of his life and his last works were tragic comedies or Romance.

The bard died at the age of 52 and we have scarce records of his personal life, mystifying everything related to his appearance, his liaisons and sexual life, his religious beliefs and his philosophies.

And whether or not we are into classic literature, Shakespeare never misses to touch our tongues. We speak Shakespeare from his most ancient works with all our twentieth century slangs. The words puking, gossip, lonely, fashionable, metamorphosise, bedroom, zany, cold blooded, obscene, assassination, rant, addiction mimic frugal and the others.

The magic of his words has charmed the modern day literature lover as much it did four hundred years back.

These are his ten best quotes which never fail to leave you gaping in awe and admiration.

“Et tu, Brute!” Then fall, Caesar.

Julius Caesar

Caesar: Act III, scene i.


“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”

Much Ado About Nothing

Balthazar: Act II, scene iii.


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo And Juliet

Juliet: Act II, scene ii.


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

Jaques: Act II, scene vii.


“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 Caeser

Cassius:Act I, scene ii.


“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving.”


Iago:  Act II, scene iii.


“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”

Twelfth Night

Malvolio: Act II, scene v.


“Thou sodden-witted lord! Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.”

Troilus and Cressida

Thersites: Act II, Scene i.


“They that have done this deed are honourable: 
What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, 
That made them do it: they are wise and honourable, 
And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. “

Julius Caesar

Antony: Act III, scene ii.


“The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne,
Burnt on the water.”

Antony And Cleopatra

Enobarbus: Act II, scene ii.



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