7 Favourite Shakespeare Quotes Used Today

My Favourite Famous William Shakespeare Quotes Used Today

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It's officially the start of Shakespeare Week tomorrow (18th - 24th March), an event created by the guys who run the Shakespeare birthplace trust as a means of 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. He left an everlasting impact on the UK and I think celebrating his life and legacy each year is a wonderful way to remember this. My favourite way to remember is looking at the Shakespeare quotes 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 quotes used today and ultimately Shakespeare quotes that still give insight into life in the 21st century. I've been working with Viking* to celebrate the written word and get creative, hence my attempt at a little bit of typography below. I definitely need practice but it was a good first attempt. To celebrate the bard here are my 7 favourite Shakespeare quotes and why

Shakespeare Quotes used Today

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 easily underestimated. I think this quote typifies that even the small can be mighty

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

I think 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 too easily 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. I think we forget sometimes to live life and rush on ahead. Enjoy what you have, take it slow and life will work itself out. I think Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourite works of Shakespeare and it's full of really relevant quotes for life and love today

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

It's a hard pill to swallow really, 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 incredibly 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 of these 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

Famous Shakespeare Quotes

What's your favourite Shakespeare quote?


  1. Wonderful post! I love Shakespeare so much! Hamlet, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet are the ones I know most. X

    1. Definitely I think there's some that are underappreciated I personally loved Othello when I had to study that

  2. Awesome post. I didn't realize some of these were Shakespeare like, Though she be but little she is fierce". Thanks for sharing!

    1. It's pretty amazing how many of our common sayings are actually Shakespeare!


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