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.

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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.


  1. “All that glitters is not gold.” – The Merchant of Venice



  1. “If music be the food of love, play on.” – Twelfth Night


  1. “Fight fire with fire.” – Julius Caesar


  1. “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.” – Twelfth Night


  1. “The be all and end all” – Macbeth


  1. “Laugh yourself into stitches (in stitches)” – Twelfth Night


  1. “Too much of a good thing.” – As You Like It
  2. “Wild goose chase.” – Romeo and Juliet
  3. “Not slept one wink.”– Cymbeline


  1. “Faint-hearted” – Henry VI, Part I


  1. “Spotless reputation” – Richard II


  1. “Swagger.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  2. “Discretion is the better part of valour.” – Henry I


  1. “What’s done, is done” – Macbeth


  1. “At one fell swoop” – Macbeth
  2. “Dead as a doornail” – Henry VI, Part II
  3. “Own flesh and blood.” – The Merchant of Venice
  4. “All’s well that ends well.” – All’s well that ends well
  5. “Dog will have his day.” – Hamlet


  1. “I will wear my heart upon my sleeve” – Othello


  1. “Send him packing” – Henry IV, Part 1


  1. “As merry as the day is long.” – Much Ado About Nothing
  2. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – All is well that ends well


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