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William Shakespeare

26 April 1564 (baptised- birth date unknown) – 23 April 1616

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Place of birth: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Best thing about him: A poet, actor and playwright ,considered the greatest writer in the English language
Most important works: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Interesting facts:

  • There are no concrete information about his appearance, sexuality and religious beliefs and it is even debated by some if he was indeed the creator of the works attributed to him
  • His plays are more often performed than those of any other playwright
  • He was part-owner of a playing company called Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later changing heir name into the King’s Men
  • He frequently engaged in debates with fellow English literature legend Ben Jonson

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William Shakespeare’s 23 most beautiful quotes:

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

2.”What ‘s done is done.”

3.”What ‘s gone and what ‘s past help should be past grief.”

4.”The common curse of mankind, – folly and ignorance.”

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

6.”How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes!”

7.”Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

8.”When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”

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9.”Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.”

10.”We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

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

12.”A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”

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

14.”Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”

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15.”Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

16.”To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on.”

17.”If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

18.”Tempt not a desperate man.”

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

20.”Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.”

21.”Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

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

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

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