Maybe the greatest dramatist, poet and writer of all times, William Shakespeare is considered a national Hero in England’s and is often referred to as the “Bard of Avon.”

What you may not know is that Shakespeare was not only a writer, but also a business man. In 1599, along with his partners, he built a large theater called The Globe, and invested in real estate. These investments earned him time and money so he could work on his plays without interruptions.

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Shakespeare’s plays widely capture human emotions and conflict. Most of his known work -– comedies, historical dramas, romances and tragicomedies — were written between 1589 and 1613.

Even though Shakespeare’s writings are famous all over the world, his personal life is covered in mystery. Most of the information about this great artist is deduced from his work, and in some official documentation such as church and court records.

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Powerful and inspiring, here are 18 William Shakespeare quotes about the beauty and tragedy of life.

You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings and soar with them above a common bound.

 

Don’t waste your love on somebody who doesn’t value it.

 

The course of true love never did run smooth.

 

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

 

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

 

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

 

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

 

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

 

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

 

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

 

They do not love that do not show their love.

 

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

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In time we hate that which we often fear.

 

God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.

 

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

 

If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.

 

Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.


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