Diary Quotations

SHAKESPEARE’S IMAGERY ON LIFE

No one is unaware about the impact that Shakespeare has left in English Literature. From life to death, he had a wonderful way of connoting its profundity through his poetic expressions. His observations were skilful. It was a complete culture on its own to which we can have an isolated schooling.

I’ve listed down some of his quotes that have been taken from his plays and sonnets which have extraordinarily manifested life:

  1. I cannot tell what you and other men
    Think of this life; but, for my single self,
    I had as life not be as live to be
    In awe of such a thing as I myself.
    – Julius Caesar
  2. This day I breathed first: time is come round,
    And where I did begin there shall I end;
    My life is run his compass.
    – Julius Caesar
  3. When we are born, we cry, that we are come
    To this great stage of fools.
    – King Lear
  4. Thy life’s a miracle.
    – King Lear
  5. 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.
    – As You Like it
  6. And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
    Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
    – As You Like It
  7. And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe.
    And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
    And thereby hangs a tale.
    – As You Like It
  8. To be, or not to be,—that is the question.
    – Hamlet
  9. You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will
    more willingly part withal: except my life, except
    my life, except my life.
    – Hamlet
  10. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
    -All’s Well That Ends Well
  11. It is silliness to live when to live is torment; and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.
    – Othello
  12. O gentlemen, the time of life is short!
    To spend that shortness basely were too long,
    If life did ride upon a dial’s point,
    Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
    – Henry IV Part 1
  13. The time of life is short; to spend that shortness basely were too long.
    – Henry IV Part 1
  14. Let life be short: else shame will be too long.
    – Henry V
  15. The sands are number’d that make up my life;
    Here must I stay, and here my life must end.
    – Henry VI Part III
  16. Mine honour is my life; both grow in one:
    Take honour from me, and my life is done
    – Richard II
  17. So wise so young, they say, never do live long.
    – Richard III
  18. Life is a shuttle.
    – The Merry Wives of Windsor
  19. 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?
    – The Merchant of Venice
  20. There where my fortune lives, there my life dies.
    – King John