Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare.
BornApril 23, 1564
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
DiedApril 23, 1616
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
English poet and dramatist. Considered the greatest writer ever in the English language. Plays include Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet.

The repository contains 15 quotes from William Shakespeare.


Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

Men and Women

One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace.

Much Ado About Nothing


If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.

BehaviorWords of Wisdom

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Right and Wrong

Oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.


See that you come not to woo honor, but to wed it.

All's Well that Ends Well

Words of WisdomSelf

This above all: to thine own self be true.



Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.



The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.


When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.


Right and Wrong

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

Measure for Measure


The better part of valour is discretion.

Henry IV, Part I

Courage and Fear

Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.

Henry VI, Part I

Words of Wisdom

Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest.

King Lear


Men of few words are the best men.

Henry V