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12 Life Lessons From Shakespeare (QUOTES)

In honor of William Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday this week, we celebrate some of the playwright’s most beautiful and witty musings about life.

Considered to be “the greatest writer in the English language” and the most distinguished of dramatists, William Shakespeare and his work have withstood the test of time. 

Despite there being great mystery surrounding his private life, the Bard of Avon’s plays and sonnets continue to be celebrated, studied, reinterpreted, adapted and performed.

In celebration of the 453rd year of his birth, we’ve selected some of his most quotable reflections on life.

1. “Live, love, and let be.”

2. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

3. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

4. “Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.”

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

6. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

7. “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

8. “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”

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

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

11. “Time travels in diverse paces with diverse persons. I’ll tell you who time ambles withal, who time trots withal, who time gallops withal, and who he stands still withal.”

12. “This above all: to thine own self be true.” 

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