Top 21 Shakespeare quotes on life lessons

Top 21 Shakespeare quotes on life lessons

William Shakespeare was an English poet born in 16th century England and is widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) writer in the English speaking world. His most well known play include Romeo and Juliet (Circa 1597), Hamlet (Circa 1603) & Macbeth (Circa 1606).

From William Shakespeare’s many plays and writings we can gain valuable life lessons. Below, we present to you 21 Shakespeare quotes on life lessons

Shakespeare quotes on life lessons

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

William Shakespeare – Hamlet act 4, Scene 5

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – A midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1 Scene 1

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – As You Like It – Act v, Scene I

“To do a great right do a little wrong.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – The Merchant Of Venice – Act IV, Scene I

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene IV

“O’ What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Measure for Measure, Act III, Scene II

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”


“The better part of valor is discretion”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Henry Iv, Part 1, Act V, Scene IV

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – A midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, Scene I

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene II

“All that glisters is not gold.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene VII

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene V

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – The Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene II

“Having nothing, nothing can he lose.”


“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”


“Speak low if you speak love”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Much Ado About Nothing, Act II, Scene I

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All’s Well that Ends Well, Act III, Scene V

“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Romeo And Juliet, Act I, Scene I

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I

“To be, or not to be: that is the question.”

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I

Interesting William Shakespeare facts:

  • William Shakespeare was born on 26th April 1564 and died on 23rd April 1616, aged 51 in Warwickshire, England.
  • Whilst he is often referred to as simply ‘Shakespeare’ he is also often called ‘England’s national poet’ , ‘The Bard of Avon’, or simply as ‘The Bard’
  • His work was extensive across his relatively short life consisting of 154 sonnets and 39 plays.
  • He was born into a relatively affluent family of which his father, John Shakespeare was am alderman and his mother Mary Arden being the daughter of an affluent landowner.
  • Shakespeare had three children together with Anne Hathaway – Susana, Hamnet and Judith.
  • Shakespeare’s work can be found online for free. You can find the host site by clicking here
  • Shakespeare has no living direct decedents. His daughter, Susanna, married in 1607 and had only one child, Elizabeth. Despite Elizabeth being married twice, she never had any children. Judith married and had three sons, however, one died in infancy and the other two both died unmarried. His son, Hamnet, died aged 11.

We hope you enjoyed this post of Shakespeare quotes on life lessons! If you did, you may also enjoy our other quote collections from George Washington, Leonardo da Vinci or Alexander the Great.

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17 thoughts on “Top 21 Shakespeare quotes on life lessons

  1. I am lucky enough to live close to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre and to be able to see their wonderful adaptations of his work. Sadly they are in lockdown at the moment and struggling like many of our theatres.

  2. Beautiful compilation. May I request you also add the name of the Play it comes from? Thanks again for the great compilation- I am a huge fan of Willie Shakes 😃

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