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Top 5 Shakespeare quotes that are common phrases

As we celebrate 450th birth anniversary of William Shakespeare, here's a list of top five quotes that have become a part of our daily parlance.

books Updated: Apr 23, 2014 16:49 IST
Sweta Kaushal

William Shakespeare, the bard of Avon, has been inspiring creative people, artists and playwrights for a long time. But the fact remains that much of what he wrote is now part of daily lingo. Much of Shakespeare is now part of common usage.

As we celebrate 450th birth anniversary of literary genius, here's a list of top five quotes that that is now part of our daily language.

1. Et Tu Brutus?
You have been the target of it or have hurled this several times at your friends, especially when they ditch you on Facebook or Twitter.

The phrase finds mention in Shakespeare's play Julius Ceaser.

2. To be or not to be
The celebrated quote from Shakespeare's great tragedy Hamelet has been used and often abused (the various variations on social networking sites) in all forms. The phrase that brings out the dilemma of life's existence is now an everyday phrase.

The quote comes from his play Hamlet.

3. All's well that ends well
Forget its usage in English language this is an accepted phrase even in Hindi! Such is the power of the bard and his lasting legacy.

All's Well That Ends Well is comedy by Shakespeare.

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

A quote from Julius Ceaser, we often end up using the line to crib about destiny!

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

William Shakespeare's As You Like It gave us another gem. It is not uncommon to see it being used.

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana shared his favourite dialogue with Hindustan Times. He said, "I love Shylock's character because I played him in Merchant of Venice in fifth standard. It was my first stage play. I find his wily villainy quite intriguing."

Ayushmann's favourite dialogue from Merchant of Venice:
Shylock: What judgment shall I dread, doing no wrong? You have among you many a purchased slave, which, like your asses and your dogs and mules, you use in abject and in slavish parts. Because you bought them: shall I say to you, let them be free, marry them to your heirs? Why sweat they under burthens? Let their beds be made as soft as yours and let their palates be season'd with such viands? You will answer 'The slaves are ours:' so do I answer you: The pound of flesh, which I demand of him, is dearly bought; t'is mine and I will have it. If you deny me, fie upon your law! There is no force in the decrees of Venice. I stand for judgment: answer; shall I have it?"