The Best Shakespeare Quotes about Life

William Shakespeare plays are not just dramatic works, they’ve shaped how the world sees British culture. Considered to be the greatest British playwright of all time, Shakespeare plays are loved world over, with his social commentary continuing to influence and impact communities today. So much so, Shakespeare quotes about life are used in present-day conversation.

Here’s some of our top quotes about life found in Shakespeare plays.

All’s Well That Ends Well

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.”
All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 4, Scene 3

Life is complicated at the best of times. Some moments are like we’re floating on air, other times we want the ground to swallow us whole. This Shakespeare quote expresses life’s complications perfectly, suggesting that the good and bad amalgamate into one.

Antony and Cleopatra

“O excellent! I love long life better than figs.”
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1, Scene 2

Figs may seem like a nonsensical item to compare life to, but did you know that figs are an aphrodisiac? Yes, consuming enough figs will get you in the mood for love. Charmian says this teasing line in Antony and Cleopatra, but suggests that a fulfilling life and making the most of every moment is better than the love-fuelled decisions.

As You Like It

“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, Act 2, Scene 7

This Shakespeare quote summarises how individuals go about their daily lives, interacting with one another. People will cross over one another’s paths and see each other at different times, but will never truly understand one another. Even though we all go through the same phases of life, we experience them differently.