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Our top 10 quotes from Shakespeare’s works

Jessie Brown

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday by quoting his works in day-to-day life.

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Shakespeare ... Where for art thou text book? Did I leave it in the bedroom?

Photo: Hunttington Theatre Company (Flickr)

GO back in time for a day and celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd April. We suggest talking in ye olde English for the entire day and using these top 10 quotes in conversation…just see how your friends react!

1. Use this when it snows on an exam day:

“Let us sit and mock the good housewife Fortune from her wheel, that her gifts may henceforth be bestowed equally.”

(As You Like It)

2. Use this one when your mate is absent because he or she is spending too much time with a girlfriend or boyfriend:

“They are in the very wrath of love, and they will together; clubs
cannot part them.”

(As You Like It)  

3. When your friend gets back together with an ex:

“This momentary joy breeds months of pain;
This hot desire converts to cold disdain.”


4. When your house mates steal your food from the fridge:

“Let him be damned, like the glutton! pray God his 
tongue be hotter!”

(2 Henry IV)

5. Use this one when talking about a friend who constantly brags about his car, bike, house or gadgets:

“He doth nothing but talk of his horse.”

(The Merchant of Venice)

6. When you look outside and see it is still cold and miserable: 

“Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.”

(2 Henry 6)

7. When we get that one day of sunshine which makes everyone deliriously happy:

“From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

(Sonnet 98)

8. Announce this when you just cannot get to sleep:

“O sleep! O gentle sleep! 
Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down 
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?”

(2 Henry IV)

9. When someone has upset you yell this:

“Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all!”

(The Comedy of Errors)

10. Use this when your friend is drunk:

“Your abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone.”


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