Born: April 23, 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon
Died: April 23, 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
An overflow of good converts to bad.
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
Boldness be my friend.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
Expectation is the root of all heartache.
Farewell, fair cruelty.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
Listen to many, speak to a few.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
Parting is such sweet sorrow.
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.