The course of true love never did run smooth.
You gods, will give us. Some faults to make us men.
Love like a shadow flies when substance love pursues; Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.
Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.
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.
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.
The labor we delight in cures pain.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
Most subject is the fattest soil to weeds.
To be, or not to be: that is the question.
Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself. Till, by broad spreading it disperse to nought.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
The better for my foes and the worse for my friends.
Present fears. Are less than horrible imaginings.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
Poor and content is rich and rich enough; but riches endless is as poor and winter to him that ever fears he shall be poor.
The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
The worst is not, So long as we can say, ‘This is the worst.’
Women are as roses, whose fairflower being once displayed, doth fall that very hour.
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
O, how this spring of love resembleth. The uncertain glory of an April day!
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgement.
There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life. Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Life is but a walking shadow.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Expectation is the root of all heartache.
One sorrow never comes but brings an heir. That may succeed as his inheritor.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
There’s beggary in the love that can be reckoned.