Aphorisms Galore!

William Shakespeare

English playwright and poet; b. 1564; d. 1616

Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist

tiny.ag/japbfdwv  ·   Fair (833 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Having nothing, nothing can he lose.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, in Wealth and Poverty

tiny.ag/r2oe16bv  ·   Fair (352 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

William Shakespeare, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/iudoprdc  ·   Fair (353 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He that is proud eats up himself; pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.

William Shakespeare, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/vgoawlvx  ·   Fair (357 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

William Shakespeare, in Altruism and Cynicism

tiny.ag/et1nrezw  ·   Fair (953 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Megan

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

William Shakespeare, in Happiness and Misery

tiny.ag/4zhqdoip  ·   Fair (397 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, in Life and Death

tiny.ag/bzz5t4jw  ·   Fair (820 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A Midsummer Night's Dream (paperback)

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, in Life and Death

tiny.ag/dhpqxvke  ·   Fair (852 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Talkers are no good doers.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/hgomu6th  ·   Fair (790 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, in Law and Politics

tiny.ag/lvmeyokh  ·   Fair (340 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.

William Shakespeare, in Altruism and Cynicism