Can You Match the Famous Shakespeare Line to Its Play?


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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."

"To be, or not to be: that is the question." This one of the most famous quotes from "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark."

"Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?"

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.

"Now is the winter of our discontent."

This is the famous first line of "Richard III." He goes on to say that the winter is made "glorious summer."

"Love all, trust a few,%0Ddo wrong to none."

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.

"All that glisters is not gold."

This famous quote is from "The Merchant of Venice." Did you realize that this phrase was from Shakespeare?

"Frailty, thy name is woman."

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.

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?"

This is a famous quote from the Scottish King. He is hallucinating and seeing a dagger in front of him.

"Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage."

This is a famous quote from "Macbeth." He says these words after learning that his wife has died.

"Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?"

We had to sneak a sonnet in there. This is a famous line from "Sonnet 18."

"This above all: to thine own self be true."

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

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

Caesar says this to his wife, to allay her fears that he will die. And then he dies.

"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"

This is a famous line from "Richard III." When the hunchback King is under attack, he wishes for nothing but a horse to escape.

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Here we have Gertrude's most famous line in "Hamlet." She says this whilst she is watching a play.

"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.”

This is a quote from Cassius. He is trying to get Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar.

"Young men's love then lies, not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”

This is a quote from "Romeo and Juliet." Friar Lawrence is giving Romeo a hard time for abandoning his former love.

"How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!"

This is a quote spoken by King Lear. He knew a thing or two about thankless children.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Here is another famous quote by Hamlet. He is explaining to Horatio the appearance of a ghost.

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep."

This is a beautiful quote from "The Tempest." Prospero speaks these famous words.

"If music be the food of love, play on."

These are the famous first words spoken by Orsino. He goes on to say, "Give me excess of it!"

"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

This quote is spoken by Claudius. He's praying to God, but finds that his words lack conviction.

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

This is a famous quote from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Truly, nothing runs smoothly in that play.

"Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.”

"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."

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."

This is a famous quote from Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She's having a realization about the nature of love.

"By all the vows that ever men have broke (in number more than ever women spoke).”

This is from Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She's bemoaning men's infidelity.

" not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.”

Here is a quote from "Twelfth Night." The malicious Malvolio says this in a letter when he's trying to woo Olivia.

"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."

This is a remarkable quote from "The Tempest." It is spoken in Act 1, Scene 2.

"A man can die but once."

Here we have a famous line from "Henry IV Part 2." It's such a simple line and yet so profound.

"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?"

This famous quote from "The Merchant of Venice" is spoken by Shylock. He's referring to the Jewish people with his words.

"I am one who loved not wisely but too well."

Here we have a famous quote from Othello. Othello says this after he kills his wife in a jealous rage.

"Beware the Ides of March."

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

"The better part of valor is discretion."

Wise words from "Henry IV, Part 1." Shakespeare always talks about discretion and decency.

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears."

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.

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

This fun line is said by Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Puck is a sprite, or faerie, known as Robin Goodfellow.

"Cry 'havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war."

Here we have a quote from "Julius Caesar." Certainly, the dogs of war do slip in that play.

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

This is a famous quote from "Hamlet." We all need to be reminded that thinking alone creates good and bad.

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