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Shakespeare contributed more phrases to the English language than any other individual. Here's a collection of well-known quotations that are associated with Shakespeare, although not all of them were coined by him.



  • It is Meat and Drink to me
  • Lay it on with a trowel
  • Lie Low
  • Like The Dickens
  • Love is Blind
  • Makes your hair stand on end
  • Men's Evil Manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water
  • Milk of Human Kindness
  • Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows
  • More Fool You
  • More honoured in the breach than in the observance
  • Much ado about nothing
  • Mum is The Word
  • My Salad Days
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be
  • Night Owl
  • No more cakes and ale?
  • Now is the winter of our discontent
  • O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
  • Off With His Head
  • Oh, That Way Madness lies
  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
  • Out of The Jaws of Death
  • Pound of Flesh
  • Primrose Path
  • Rhyme nor Reason
  • Salad Days
  • Sans Teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything
  • Screw your courage to the sticking place
  • Send Him Packing
  • Set One's Teeth on Edge
  • Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
  • Short Shrift
  • Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil
  • Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep
  • Some are born great
  • Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
  • Star-Crossed Lovers
  • Stiffen The Sinews
  • Stony-Hearted
  • Such stuff as dreams are made on
  • The bowels of the earth
  • The Course of True Love never did run smooth
  • The Crack of Doom
  • The Devil Incarnate
  • The game is afoot
  • The Game is Up
  • The quality of mercy is not strained
  • The Queen's English
  • The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
  • The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on
  • Thereby Hangs A Tale
  • There's Method in My Madness
  • This is the short and the long of it
  • This is very midsummer madness
  • This Precious Stone set in the silver sea, this sceptered isle
  • Though This Be madness, yet there is method in it
  • To be or not To be : That is the question
  • To sleep : perchance to dream : ay, there's the rub
  • Too much of a good thing
  • Truth Will Out
  • Under The Greenwood Tree
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
  • Vanish into thin air
  • We Few, we happy few, we band of brothers
  • We Have Seen Better Days
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve
  • What a piece of work is man
  • When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions
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