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Shakespeare Lines Everyone Should Know

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Happy 400th Birthday to Billy Shakespeare. In celebration of the momentous day, we gathered a list of the top ten lines that mastered the English language and changed the way that generations of people viewed the world. Hopefully, we can all knock down our pride for a second and realize that all of our clichéd sayings about relationships and love are actually modified rip-offs from beloved Shakespeare, himself.

  1. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” —Hamlet in Hamlet
  2. “If love be blind- it best agree with the night.” – Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
  3. “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.” —Jaques in As You Like It
  4. “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”– Escalus in Measure for Measure
  5. “Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides: Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.” —Cordelia in King Lear
  6. “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.” —Dauphin in Henry V
  7. “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.” —Cassius in Julius Caesar
  8. “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more: it is a tale, Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” —Macbeth in Macbeth
  9. “Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.”—Lucio in Measure for Measure
  10. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”—Malvolio in Twelfth Night