Behind the Masks: 10 life insights from William 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.

1. Time

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.


The course of true love never did run smooth.

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

3. Listening to many, speak to a few

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Listen to many, speak to a few.

4. way of thinking

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

5. suspicion

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

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

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

7. greatness

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

8. fairness

I would challenge you to a battle, but I see you are unarmed.

9. fear

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.

10. trust

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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