Shakespeare is the most quoted English writer of all time, and second in history only to the writer of the Bible. It’s not surprising given the volume and quality of works that Shakespeare wrote – along with the enduring popularity of his plays and sonnets around the world – that virtually everyone can quote Shakespeare, even if at times they don’t know they’re doing it!
This Shakespeare quotes page links to all sorts of Shakespeare quotes, along with their modern translations. Take your pick from the selection of quotes by Shakespeare below:
Top Shakespeare Quotes
It was a tough one picking them, but check out our 50 most famous Shakespeare quotes of all time. And a sneak preview of the most searched for Shakespeare quotes online:
- “Is this a dagger which I see before me?”
- “To be or not to be”
- “What light through yonder window breaks“
- “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”
Want to impress a loved one? Have a look at the 50 top Shakespeare love quotes, along with their translations into modern English.
Feeling down? Read our top 50 Shakespeare quotes about death.
Feeling peckish? Read Shakespeare’s top 20 quotes about food & drink.
And how about having a read through the top 20 quotes about Shakespeare from writers over the years.
Shakespeare Quotes by Play
- Hamlet quotes translated into modern English
- Henry V quotes translated into modern English
- Julius Caesar quotes translated into modern English
- Macbeth quotes translated into modern English
- Othello quotes translated into modern English
- Romeo & Juliet quotes translated into modern English
- Famous Shakespeare quotes
- Shakespeare Dictionary: Quotes from other Shakespeare plays translated into modern English
As well as the shorter Shakespeare quotes, we’ve translated a number of Shakespeare’s soliloquies into modern English to help with your understanding. Not sure what a soliloquy is? See soliluquys from a number of Shakepseare’s major works:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream Soliloquies
- Hamlet Soliloquies
- Macbeth Soliloquies
- The Merchant of Venice Soliloquies
- Othello Soliloquies
- Romeo & Juliet Soliloquies
- The Tempest Soliloquies
It goes without saying, but sometimes Shakespeare quotes are better heard than read! Checkout our Shakespeare movies page which discusses a selection of the most well known and interesting Shakespeare film adaptations, and movies about Shakespeare.
This page lists a wide range of Shakespeare quotes. For more Shakespeare quotes check out Famous Shakespeare quotes, Shakespeare soliloquies and Shakespeare monologues along with their modern translations; A selection of Shakespeare love quotes from the master of the romantic turn of phrase; Shakespeare’s sonnets translated into modern English, and No Sweat Shakespeare’s series of Shakespeare’s plays re-written as modern English ebooks.
Are there any Shakespeare quotes missing? Let us know below in the comments section.