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William Shakespeare Quotes on People (16 Quotes)


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  • Time travels at different speeds for different people. I can tell you who time strolls for, who it trots for, who it gallops for, and who it stops cold for.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • Now to seem to affect the malice and
    displeasure of the people is as bad as that which he dislikes- to
    flatter them for their love.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • What tedious homily of love have
    you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried 'Have
    patience, good people.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • For that he has-
    As much as in him lies- from time to time
    Envied against the people, seeking means
    To pluck away their power; as now at last
    Given hostile strokes, and that not in the presence
    Of dreaded justice, but on the ministers
    That do distribute it- in the name o' th' people,
    And in the power of us the tribunes, we,
    Ev'n from this instant, banish him our city,
    In peril of precipitation
    From off the rock Tarpeian, never more
    To enter our Rome gates.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")


  • Not according to the prayer of the people, for they love
    not Marcius.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • First, her father slain;
    Next, Your son gone, and he most violent author
    Of his own just remove; the people muddied,
    Thick and and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers
    For good Polonius' death, and we have done but greenly
    In hugger-mugger to inter him; Poor Ophelia
    Divided from herself and her fair-judgment,
    Without the which we are Pictures or mere beasts;
    Last, and as such containing as all these,
    Her brother is in secret come from France;
    And wants not buzzers to infect his ear
    Feeds on his wonder, keep, himself in clouds,
    With pestilent speeches of his father's death,
    Wherein necessity, of matter beggar'd,
    Will nothing stick Our person to arraign
    In ear and ear.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • People usually are the happiest at home.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Good people, enter, and lay hold on him.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • Faith, there have been many great men that have
    flatter'd the people, who ne'er loved them; and there be many
    that they have loved, they know not wherefore; so that, if they
    love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • Look, how the world's poor people are amazed
    At apparitions, signs, and prodigies,
    Whereon with fearful eyes they long have gazed,
    Infusing them with dreadful prophecies;
    So she at these sad signs draws up her breath
    And sighing it again, exclaims on Death.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • Treason, felony,
    Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine,
    Would I not have; but nature should bring forth,
    Of it own kind, all foison, all abundance,
    To feed my innocent people.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • My brain I'll prove the female to my soul,
    My soul the father; and these two beget
    A generation of still-breeding thoughts,
    And these same thoughts people this little world,
    In humours like the people of this world,
    For no thought is contented.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")

  • There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • It is a part
    That I shall blush in acting, and might well
    Be taken from the people.
    (William Shakespeare, "As You Like It")


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