15 Most Moving Shakespeare Quotes Abut Death

Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo cradling Claire Danes as Juliet after he sees her dead in the church in the end of 'Romeo + Juliet'
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No one discusses death quite like shakespeare.

15 Shakespeare Quotes About Death Everyone Needs to Read

Only two things in life are certain: you live, and then you die.

Though we're more apt to talk about living, death is a tricky subject to discuss for many of us. We often choose not to accept it and go on believing we'll truly live on forever. Ignorance is bliss, so they say.

Personally, we've found that life gets a little more meaningful once you accept that death could happen at any moment. It's not morbid, simply the truth.

The easiest way to deal with this notion is by reading these Shakespeare quotes about death here and now!

Best Shakespeare Quotes About Death

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

  • "The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired."

  • "And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banished from myself; and Silvia is myself: banished from her is self from self, a deadly banishment."

  • "Death is a fearful thing."

  • "To die, to sleep—to sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub, for in this sleep of death, what dreams may come."

Moving Shakespeare Quotes About Death

  • "I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion."

  • "To be, or not to be, that is the question."

  • "On pain of death, no person be so bold."

  • "He that dies pays all debts."

  • "Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death the memory be green."

Powerful Shakespeare Quotes About Death

  • "Ay, but to die, and go we know not where."

  • "O Death, made proud with pure and princely beauty!"

  • "For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come."

  • "By medicine, life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor, too."

  • "When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."

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