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Top 10 Famous Shakespeare Quotes

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Top 10 Famous Shakespeare Quotes (Artwork from 'Der mann, der Shakespeare hiess')

Top 10 Famous Shakespeare Quotes (Artwork from 'Der mann, der Shakespeare hiess')

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As this top 10 list of famous Shakespeare quotes reveals, Shakespeare was the most prolific poet and dramatist the Western world has ever seen. His plays and sonnets are some of the most quoted in literature and picking the top 10 famous Shakespeare quotes is no easy task!

Top 10 Famous Shakespeare Quotes

  1. To be, or not to be: that is the question.
    (Hamlet)

  2. 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)

  3. O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
    (Romeo and Juliet)

  4. Now is the winter of our discontent
    (Richard III)

  5. Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?
    (Macbeth)

  6. Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
    (Twelfth Night)

  7. 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)

  8. The course of true love never did run smooth.
    (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

  9. If music be the food of love, play on.
    (Twelfth Night)

  10. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
    (Sonnet 18)
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