• Shakespeare Day 2014: April 23 is believed to be the birth anniversary of William Shakespeare. Here are his 20 inspiring quotes to mark the day.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
    Shakespeare Day 2015: April 23 is believed to be the birth anniversary of William Shakespeare.Wikimedia Commons
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England's national poet, William Shakespeare is believed to be born on 23 April and also passed away on the same date at the age of 52.

He was a great poet, playwright, actor and the world's pre-eminent dramatist, also called the 'Brad of Avon.'

The "Romeo and Juliet" writer produced some of the finest works in English language, which includes his famous tragic stories – "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear" and "Macbeth" -- as well as classic comedies -- "The Tempest", "The Comedy of Errors", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Merchant of Venice" and many more. 

Here are few quotes from his popular plays:

To be, or not to be: that is the question – Hamlet

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? – Romeo and Juliet

Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? – Macbeth

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once – Julius Caeser

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving – Othello

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child! – King Lear

Famous Quotes by Shakespeare

  • All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
  • Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
  • Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  • If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
  • Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
  • Listen to many, speak to a few.