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William Shakespeare
1564 - 1616

English dramatist and poet considered to be the greatest English playwright of all time. Shakespeare wrote 36 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 narrative poems. His works have been translated into 50 languages, and he is probably the most quoted writer of all time.


The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

1596 - from The Merchant of Venice
Neither a borrower nor a lender be...

1600 - from Hamlet
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant taste death but once.

from Julius Caesar
Modest doubt is call'd the beacon of the wise.

from Troilus and Cressida
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.

from Macbeth
Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.

What's past is prologue.

from The Tempest, Act III
They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none, that do not do the thing they most do show, who, moving others, are themselves as stone, unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow - they rightly do inherit Nature's riches from expense;

from his sonnet #94
There have been many great men that have flattered the people, who ne'er loved them.

Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings...

from Julius Caesar, Act One, Scene Two