Looking For Shakespeare Quotes? Read On!

This Shakespeare quotes page links to all sorts of Shakespeare quotes, along with their modern translations.

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!

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:

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.

Spaced out? Browse Shakespeare’s quotes about dreams.

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

Shakespeare Soliloquies

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:

Shakespeare quotes in image form

Which is your favourite Shakespeare quote?

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… containing more than a few of the great bard’s quotes.

This page lists a wide range of Shakespeare quotes. For more Shakespeare quotes check out Famous Shakespeare quotesShakespeare 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 your favourite quotes in the comments section below.

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10 replies
  1. Kirwan Lestrange
    Kirwan Lestrange says:

    Is anyone familiar with the line ; ‘If you want to do a great good; do a little evil’ I believe it is attributed to Shakespeare.

    Which play and character is it? (Thankyou)

  2. John
    John says:

    “There is a tide in the affairs of men….”
    Please complete, give context, speaker, and play name source.
    Much appreciated, J-Ram

  3. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    What play is this quote from ? and what is its’ meaning ?

    “I risk my life for my own work and my reason has half foundered in it”?

    and this one as well:

    “If there were reason for these miseries…”

  4. Eddie Eyes
    Eddie Eyes says:


    Trying to discover Shakespeare quote the ends with “Therefore am not a beast”.

    It denotes that man can be more cruel than an animal!

    Can you help?


    • Brooke
      Brooke says:

      You may be referring to a line from Rosalind in As you like it, act IV scene II, somewhere around line 72, when she’s reading from a letter to her sent by Pheobe. It’s a similar line but not exact. I’m uncertain of this, but there may be another line, also by Rosalind later that is closer to what you said above, and if there is, it’s around the scene where she is striking a bargain with phoebe about not marrying a woman. I’ve not checked these details and I’m going by memory so sorry if I’m not anywhere near what your looking for. I just remember that line from the reading of the letter. Hope it helps.

      • Lee Frazier
        Lee Frazier says:

        “No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. But I know none, and therefore am no beast.”
        • Richard III

    • Jim
      Jim says:

      Richard the Third Act 1, scene 2 , spoken by Richard in reply to Lady Anne (whose husband and father-in-law he has slain) and who he is trying to seduce. This follows her line to the effect that even beasts are capable of a modicum of pity. He replies: “But I know none, therefore am no beast”.

      Hope this is what you were looking for, Ed

    • Kirwan Lestrange
      Kirwan Lestrange says:

      Anne : (the one he is trying, unsuccessfully to woo)
      ‘No Beast so fierce that knows some touch of mercy’.

      Richard : ‘But I know none, therefore am no beast’

      Richard III

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