Inspiring Quotes by Shakespeare - 7 Still Used Today

My Favourite Inspiring Quotes by Shakespeare Used Today

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It's the start of Shakespeare Week tomorrow (18th - 24th March), an event created by the guys who run the Shakespeare birthplace trust to celebrating the great man no matter what your age. I imagine we've all had run in's with Will whether that be through school exams (I had to do Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Macbeth), in theatre shows or even our common sayings today which can be attributed to him. 

Inspiring Quotes by Shakespeare


He left an everlasting impact on the UK and celebrating his life and legacy each year is a wonderful way to remember this. My favourite way to remember is looking at inspiring quotes by Shakespeare that we use today on all topics such as Shakespeare's love quotes, celebration quotes and loss quotes.

While written over 500 years ago there are so many inspiring quotes by Shakespeare used today and Shakespeare quotes that still give insight into life in the 21st century. I've been working with Viking* to celebrate the written word and to celebrate the bard here are my 7 favourite inspiring quotes by Shakespeare and why

Though she be but little she is fierce - A midsummers night dream

I love this Shakespeare quote, and it's one that when I sat and decided which quote I'd attempt to pretty up in typography is the one that jumped out at me. I stand at 5'2 and I find that because of this I can be very underestimated. This quote typifies that even the small can be mighty

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none - Alls well that ends well

With the current state the world is in this is a quote that many need to take heed of. Being kind and showing love costs nothing, keeping your inner circle close and ensuring you don't trust too many people stops you getting caught in drama but most importantly is doing wrong to none. Fighting fire with fire doesn't help anyone

Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall - Romeo and Juliet

Everyone is in such a mad rush to get to the next step in this 'adult' life, whether that's getting the dream job, going travelling, buying a house, marriage, kids etc. etc. we forget sometimes to live life and rush on ahead. Enjoy what you have, take it slow and life will work itself out. Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourite works of Shakespeare and it's full of relevant quotes for life and love today

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain - Hamlet

It's a hard pill to swallow, but not everyone has good intentions. Sometimes the most toxic people are the ones smiling the hardest at us. My circle of friends and trust is small but I know that every single one of them has my best interests at heart. I knew a lot of smiling assassins during my teenage and university years, I decided life was too short to keep them around

Men at some time are masters of their fates, the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves. - Julius Ceaser

Accountability in life is important. Just like we look for help and miracles, many are also quick to attribute blame elsewhere too. Sometimes you just have to take a step back, stop blaming external elements and be accountable for what's happening


Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them- Twelfth Night

How I read this quote may be different to most, but I see it as exploring your own path. Some people are born incredibly fortunately, some manage to fluke it there but as long as you stay on your path and work hard you can achieve greatness. All paths are as valid as each other and greatness should be celebrated

This above all: to thine ownself be true - Hamlet

Finally, we return to Hamlet, with a take away from the quotes today. There's only one of you in this whole wide world, so make sure you stay true to yourself, your beliefs and be proud of who you are. 

There we have it - Shakespeare quotes covering all aspects of love, life, death and time and most are still very much used today

Inspiring Quotes by Shakespeare



What's your favourite Shakespeare quote?