While the exact date of Shakespeare’s birth in 1564 isn’t known, it’s commemorated on April 23 every year (he also died on this day in 1616).

Widely considered as the greatest writer in the English language, to celebrate what would have been Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, we thought we’d share some of our favourite quotes with you.

shakespeareWe know what we are, but not what we may be. ‘Hamlet’

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. ‘Hamlet’

This above all: to thine own self be true. ‘Hamlet’

Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. ‘Julius Caesar’

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. ‘Twelfth Night’

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. ‘As You Like It’

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. ‘Romeo and Juliet’

A man can die but once. ‘King Henry IV, Part II’

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.  ‘King Henry the Sixth, Part II’

what’s done is done. ‘Macbeth’

Nothing will come of nothing. ‘King Lear’

Men of few words are the best men. ‘King Henry the Fifth’