shakespeare and more
As the most quoted English writer, Shakespeare has more than his share of famous quotes. Some Shakespeare quotes are known for their beauty, some for their everyday truths and some for their wisdom. We often talk about Shakespeare’s quotes as things the wise Bard is saying to us but we should remember that some of his wisest words are spoken by his biggest fools. For example, both ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be,’ and ‘to thine own self be true’ are from the foolish, garrulous and quite disreputable Polonius in Hamlet.
Whilst it’s hard to definitively say which are Shakespeare’s most famous quotes, we’ve examined polls published around the world and combined these with feedback from our millions of users, plus our own take on Shakespeare’s words, and can now offer what we believe to be the 50 most famous Shakespeare quotes (in no particular order!).