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William Shakespeare's birthdate is not known but the date he was baptized was April 26, 1564. He lived in England throughout his life and passed away April 23, 1616 at the age of 52. His father was a glover and his mother the daughter of an affluent farmer. Historians surmise he would have attended King's New School which was near where he grew up but no definitive records exist. When he was 18 years old he got married to Anne Hathaway and they had three children. Through his life he worked as an actor, owner of an acting company and a writer. Unfortunately, there are very few details of his early life available. A majority of the most famous writings that Shakespeare completed were done in a 24 year span. He wrote both plays and books that were comedies, tragedies and histories. His works are considered some of the best ever written in the English language. His most famous writings are Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Macbeth. Famous plays included Richard II, Henry VI, The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors to name just a few. Shakespeare was known and well-liked while he was alive but like many authors the true genius of his writing was not recognized until the 19th century. He moved to Stratford during his later years while continuing some of his work. His children grew up and married but after one additional generation there were no more descendants and his line ended.

A fool doth think himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

They do not love that do not show their love.
William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what
you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
William Shakespeare

Tempt not a desperate man.
William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen Of Verona

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Listen to many, speak to a few.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush to be an officer.
William Shakespeare, Henry VI

Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst
not then be false to any man.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

April hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.
William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVIII

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
William Shakespeare, Othello

I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.
William Shakespeare

A very little thief of occasion will rob you of great deal of patience.
William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.
William Shakespeare

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
William Shakespeare, Othello

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more
I have, for both are infinite.
William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet

When valour preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.
William Shakespeare, Antony And Cleopatra

Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?
William Shakespeare, Measure For Masure

You shall more command with years than with your weapons.
William Shakespeare, Othello

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice

As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark... so may a thousand actions, once
afoot, end in one purpose.
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Things base and vile, holding no quantity, love can transpose to form and dignity.
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
William Shakespeare

'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Let me not live, after my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff of younger spirits.
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

The common curse of mankind - folly and ignorance.
William Shakespeare, Troilus And Cressida

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.
William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice

While you live, tell truth, and shame the devil!
William Shakespeare, Henry IV

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow...
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart?
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
William Shakespeare, Henry VI

The nature of bad news infects the teller.
William Shakespeare, Antony And Cleopatra

If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet

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