William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. His birthday is most commonly celebrated on 23 April (see When was Shakespeare born), which is also believed to be the date he died in 1616.
Shakespeare was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre (sometimes called the English Renaissance or the Early Modern Period). Shakespeare’s plays are perhaps his most enduring legacy, but they are not all he wrote. Shakespeare’s poems also remain popular to this day.
1. Though she be but little, she is fierce.
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, his acts being seven ages.
3. Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.
4. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
5. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
6. There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
7. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
8. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
9. We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
10. One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.