Can You Match the Famous Shakespeare Line to Its Play?

By: Annette
Estimated Completion Time
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Can You Match the Famous Shakespeare Line to Its Play?
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About This Quiz

All the world is a quiz, and the wrong answers are merely failures. In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of Shakespeare's most famous quotes. Can you match each of them to the right play?
"To be, or not to be: that is the question."
King Lear
Macbeth
Hamlet
"To be, or not to be: that is the question." This one of the most famous quotes from "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark."

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"Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?"
The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet
It may seem obvious, but "Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?’' is from Romeo and Juliet. The balcony scene is one of the most romantic scenes ever written.
Macbeth

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"Now is the winter of our discontent."
Macbeth
Richard III
This is the famous first line of "Richard III." He goes on to say that the winter is made "glorious summer."
Timon of Athens

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"Love all, trust a few,%0Ddo wrong to none."
The Tempest
Taming of the Shrew
All's Well That Ends Well
This is a quote spoken by the Countess to her departing son in "All's Well That Ends Well." Just a bit of motherly wisdom.

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"All that glisters is not gold."
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
This famous quote is from "The Merchant of Venice." Did you realize that this phrase was from Shakespeare?
Taming of the Shrew

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"Frailty, thy name is woman."
Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet
This quote is famously spoken by Hamlet. He is, of course, referring to his mother, who quickly remarried after the death of her husband, Hamlet's father.
Twelfth Night

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"Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?"
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
This is a famous quote from the Scottish King. He is hallucinating and seeing a dagger in front of him.

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"Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage."
King Lear
Pericles
Macbeth
This is a famous quote from "Macbeth." He says these words after learning that his wife has died.

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"Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?"
Othello
Hamlet
A Sonnet
We had to sneak a sonnet in there. This is a famous line from "Sonnet 18."

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"This above all: to thine own self be true."
Hamlet
"This above all: to thine own self be true." This is another famous quote from "Hamlet," spoken by Polonius.
The Tempest
Henry V

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"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
Julius Caesar
Caesar says this to his wife, to allay her fears that he will die. And then he dies.
Coriolanus
Twelfth​ Night

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"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
Henry V
Richard III
This is a famous line from "Richard III." When the hunchback King is under attack, he wishes for nothing but a horse to escape.
King Lear

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"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
Hamlet
Here we have Gertrude's most famous line in "Hamlet." She says this whilst she is watching a play.
Othello
As You Like It

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"Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
All's Well That Ends Well
The Tempest
Julius Caesar
This is a quote from Cassius. He is trying to get Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar.

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"Young men's love then lies, not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”
Taming of the Shrew
Romeo and Juliet
This is a quote from "Romeo and Juliet." Friar Lawrence is giving Romeo a hard time for abandoning his former love.
King Lear

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"How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!"
King Lear
This is a quote spoken by King Lear. He knew a thing or two about thankless children.
Macbeth
All's Well That Ends Well

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"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Two Noble Kinsmen
Hamlet
Here is another famous quote by Hamlet. He is explaining to Horatio the appearance of a ghost.
Macbeth

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"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep."
As You Like It
The Tempest
This is a beautiful quote from "The Tempest." Prospero speaks these famous words.
Two Gentlemen of Verona

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"If music be the food of love, play on."
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
These are the famous first words spoken by Orsino. He goes on to say, "Give me excess of it!"
Much Ado About Nothing

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"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
Measure for Measure
Winter's Tale
Hamlet
This quote is spoken by Claudius. He's praying to God, but finds that his words lack conviction.

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"The course of true love never did run smooth."
Romeo and Juliet
Midsummer Night's Dream
This is a famous quote from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Truly, nothing runs smoothly in that play.
As You Like It

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"Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.”
All's Well That Ends Well
"Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.” This is a quote from "All's Well That Ends Well."
Much Ado About Nothing
A Midsummer Night's Dream

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"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This is a famous quote from Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She's having a realization about the nature of love.
Romeo and Juliet
As You Like It

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"By all the vows that ever men have broke (in number more than ever women spoke).”
The Tempest
Two Noble Kinsmen
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This is from Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She's bemoaning men's infidelity.

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"...be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”
As You Like It
Much Ado About Nothing
Twelfth Night
Here is a quote from "Twelfth Night." The malicious Malvolio says this in a letter when he's trying to woo Olivia.

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"Full fathom five thy father lies; of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade, but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange."
Pericles
Winter's Tale
The Tempest
This is a remarkable quote from "The Tempest." It is spoken in Act 1, Scene 2.

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"A man can die but once."
Macbeth
Timon of Athens
Henry IV Part 2
Here we have a famous line from "Henry IV Part 2." It's such a simple line and yet so profound.

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"If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"
Taming of the Shrew
The Merchant of Venice
This famous quote from "The Merchant of Venice" is spoken by Shylock. He's referring to the Jewish people with his words.
Measure for Measure

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"I am one who loved not wisely but too well."
Othello
Here we have a famous quote from Othello. Othello says this after he kills his wife in a jealous rage.
Macbeth
Romeo and Juliet

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"Beware the Ides of March."
Timon of Athens
Julius Caesar
The Ides of March are referred to in "Julius Caesar." That day in March bodes poorly, according to the soothsayer.
King Lear

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"The better part of valor is discretion."
Julius Caesar
Henry IV, Part 1
Wise words from "Henry IV, Part 1." Shakespeare always talks about discretion and decency.
The Tempest

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"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears."
Timon of Athens
Antony and Cleopatra
Julius Caesar
Here is one of the most famous lines from "Julius Caesar." Marc Antony is trying to get the people to listen to him after Caesar has been stabbed.

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"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
The Tempest
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This fun line is said by Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Puck is a sprite, or faerie, known as Robin Goodfellow.
Pericles

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"Cry 'havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war."
Julius Caesar
Here we have a quote from "Julius Caesar." Certainly, the dogs of war do slip in that play.
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest

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"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
Othello
Measure for Measure
Hamlet
This is a famous quote from "Hamlet." We all need to be reminded that thinking alone creates good and bad.

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