Nearly 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, his influence is still being seen and felt as we still use some of his phrases in our daily conversations.
Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the history of English language, and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He gave us great works of literary excellence which extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies and Western Philosophy.
He is said to be the most quoted writer in the English-speaking world, as his writings have had tremendous impact on a large number of notable novelists and poets over the years.
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We celebrate this great icon of excellence with 20 of his famous phrases and quotes.
- “All that glitters is not gold.” – The Merchant of Venice
- “If music be the food of love, play on.” – Twelfth Night
- “Fight fire with fire.” – Julius Caesar
- “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.” – Twelfth Night
- “The be all and end all” – Macbeth
- “Laugh yourself into stitches (in stitches)” – Twelfth Night
- “Too much of a good thing.” – As You Like It
- “Wild goose chase.” – Romeo and Juliet
- “Not slept one wink.”– Cymbeline
- “Faint-hearted” – Henry VI, Part I
- “Spotless reputation” – Richard II
- “Swagger.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- “Discretion is the better part of valour.” – Henry I
- “What’s done, is done” – Macbeth
- “At one fell swoop” – Macbeth
- “Dead as a doornail” – Henry VI, Part II
- “Own flesh and blood.” – The Merchant of Venice
- “All’s well that ends well.” – All’s well that ends well
- “Dog will have his day.” – Hamlet
- “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve” – Othello
- “Send him packing” – Henry IV, Part 1
- “As merry as the day is long.” – Much Ado About Nothing
- “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – All is well that ends well
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