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The 21 best William Shakespeare quotes

“Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.”
by William Shakespeare
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Eliot
Santaquin, UT

Quote #16 is a loose translation (from Latin) of a euphemism penned by Seneca in his essays on anger (De Ira). It is wrongly attributed to Shakespeare. If you still think Shakespeare wrote it, please identify in which of his works it is found.

Texas Ken
Killeen, TX

Please include the source (Play, Act, Scene, Sonnet #, poem title, etc.) for all of the quotes.

Dubliner
Dublin, 00

Not all of these are from Shakespeare.

1 — Hamlet: act 2, scene ii
2 — King John: act 3, scene iv
3 — Twelfth Night: act 2, scene v
4 — Twelfth Night: act 1, scene i
5 — Othello: act 1, scene i
6 — A Midsummer-Night's Dream: act 1, scene i
7 — Hamlet: act 4, scene v
9 — Poem "Venus & Adonis": line 7
10 — Hamlet: Act 1, scene ii
11 — Much Ado About Nothing: act 2, scene i
13 — Othello: act 4, scene iii
14 — King Lear: act 1, scene i
15 — King Lear: act 4, scene vii
17 — Romeo and Juliet: act 3, scene i
18 - Cymbeline: act 3, scene iv
20 — Richard III: act 1, scene i
21 — Troilus and Cressida: act 1, scene ii

12 — not by Shakespeare
16 — not by Shakespeare
19 — not by Shakespeare

8 — An amalgamation of A Midsummer-Night's Dream: act 2, scene ii and act 3, scene i

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