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30 pieces of Shakespearean wisdom

Lacking a mentor in your empty life? In need of someone to steer you in the right direction, away from a vortex of self-pity and eating in bed? Well, we have a very legitimate contender for the role.

Okay so he's dead, let's just get that out of the way. But in his lifetime, he managed to weave enough pieces of poster-worthy wisdom that his legacy shows no sign of disappearing. We're talking about William Shakespeare of course. And we have 30 of his best nuggets of advice for you here.

Live by them, yeah?

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  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    "To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one picked… More details

    Hamlet

    Hamlet

    "To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one picked out of ten thousand"

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    "What's done cannot be undone" More details

    Macbeth

    Macbeth

    "What's done cannot be undone"

  • All's Well That Ends Well

    All's Well That Ends Well

    "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none" More details

    All's Well That Ends Well

    All's Well That Ends Well

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

  • Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar

    "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The… More details

    Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar

    "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once."

  • Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    "Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit." More details

    Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    "Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit."

  • Measure For Measure

    Measure For Measure

    "'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to… More details

    Measure For Measure

    Measure For Measure

    "'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall."

  • As You Like It

    As You Like It

    "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man… More details

    As You Like It

    As You Like It

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

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    "There are more things in heaven and earth than are… More details

    Hamlet

    Hamlet

    "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy"

  • Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus

    "Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge." More details

    Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus

    "Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge."

  • Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    "Absence from those we love is self from self – a… More details

    Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    "Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment."

  • Cymbeline

    Cymbeline

    "Society is no comfort to one not sociable." More details

    Cymbeline

    Cymbeline

    "Society is no comfort to one not sociable."

  • Troilus and Cressida

    Troilus and Cressida

    "Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise." More details

    Troilus and Cressida

    Troilus and Cressida

    "Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise."

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that… More details

    Macbeth

    Macbeth

    “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.”

  • Henry V

    Henry V

    "Men of few words are the best men." More details

    Henry V

    Henry V

    "Men of few words are the best men."

  • Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    "Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some… More details

    Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

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

  • Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    "Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own… More details

    Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    "Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers."

  • Measure For Measure

    Measure For Measure

    "The miserable have no other medicine but only… More details

    Measure For Measure

    Measure For Measure

    "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope."

  • A Midsummer's Night Dream

    A Midsummer's Night Dream

    "The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst… More details

    A Midsummer's Night Dream

    A Midsummer's Night Dream

    "The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse if imagination amend them"

  • The Tempest

    The Tempest

    "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows" More details

    The Tempest

    The Tempest

    "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows"

  • Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra

    "In time we hate that which we often fear" More details

    Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra

    "In time we hate that which we often fear"

  • Coriolanus

    Coriolanus

    "Nature teaches beasts to know their friends" More details

    Coriolanus

    Coriolanus

    "Nature teaches beasts to know their friends"

  • King Lear

    King Lear

    "'Jesters do oft prove prophets'" More details

    King Lear

    King Lear

    "'Jesters do oft prove prophets'"

  • Othello

    Othello

    "Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft… More details

    Othello

    Othello

    "Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving."

  • The Comedy Of Errors

    The Comedy Of Errors

    "Ill deeds is doubled with an evil word" More details

    The Comedy Of Errors

    The Comedy Of Errors

    "Ill deeds is doubled with an evil word"

  • Hamlet

    Hamlet

    "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking… More details

    Hamlet

    Hamlet

    "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."

  • Love's Labour's Lost

    Love's Labour's Lost

    "Many can brook the weather that love not the… More details

    Love's Labour's Lost

    Love's Labour's Lost

    "Many can brook the weather that love not the wind."

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    "Time goes on crutches till love have all his… More details

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    "Time goes on crutches till love have all his rites."

  • The Taming Of The Shrew

    The Taming Of The Shrew

    "No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en" More details

    The Taming Of The Shrew

    The Taming Of The Shrew

    "No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en"

  • Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    "That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, If… More details

    Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    Two Gentlemen Of Verona

    "That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,

    If with his tongue he cannot win a woman."

  • Henry IV, Part 1

    Henry IV, Part 1

    "If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would… More details

    Henry IV, Part 1

    Henry IV, Part 1

    "If all the year were playing holidays,

    To sport would be as tedious as to work."

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