Five Shakespeare Quotes that are Still Relevant Today

Five Shakespeare Quotes that are Still Relevant Today

Alex Moehring, Contributor

William Shakespeare was a prolific writer in the 15th and 16th century. His style of writing often involved universal problems within the characters. Many of his iconic quotes still ring true to this day.

  1. “All that glitters is not gold”

All that glitters is not gold” is still commonly used. It is a phrase that means just because an object or an idea looks good, that doesn’t mean that it is necessarily beneficial.

This phrase may seem recent, but it originated in William Shakespeare’s 1595 play The Merchant of Venice.

  1. To thine own self be true

This Shakespeare quote still rings true today. It means be who you want to be, not what others want you to be. (literarydevices.net)

The phrase originated in Act one, scene 3 of Hamlet.

  1. All the world’s a stage

This phrase begins a monologue that discusses the acts of life. It represents how our life goes by in acts that mirror other lives.

The quote originated in Act two, scene 7 of As You Like It.

2. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

This phrase means If you only worry about your death, worry will overtake your life. This is to encourage living your life to the fullest.

This quote originated in act 2 scene 2 of Julius Caesar.

1. “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones”

This phrase has a darker meaning than most would assume. The first half mentions evil while the second half talks about good. It means that evil deeds will be remembered while actions of good will be forgotten.

This quote originated in act 2 scene 2 of Julius Caesar.

 

*All quotes collected from nosweatshakespeare.com