Life and its final dissolution is ultimately all that we truly have. And so these make great fodder for the Bard to muse upon. See below for our favourite quotes from Shakespeare about these topics.

When You Depart

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth

The Web Of Our Life

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.”
– William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

From Hour To Hour

“And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe. And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale.”
– William Shakespeare, As You Like It

A Twice-Told Tale

“Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”
– William Shakespeare, King John

This Stage Of Fools

“When we are born, we cry, that we are come to this great stage of fools.”
– William Shakespeare, King Lear

But Life…

“Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.”
– William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Be-All And End-All

“That but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all here. But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, we’ld jump the life to come.”
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth

There’s Nothing Serious In Mortality

“Had I but died an hour before this chance,
I had liv’d a blessed time; for, from this instant,
There’s nothing serious in mortality:
All is but toys; renown, and grace is dead;
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.”
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth

So Weary With Disasters

“Reason thus with life: If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing that none but fools would keep.”
– William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure

Life Is…

“Life is a shuttle.”
– William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor

From Year To Year…

“From year to year, the battles, sieges, fortunes, that I have pass’d.”
– William Shakespeare, Othello

It Is But A Tomb

“Who will believe my verse in time to come,
If it were filled with your most high deserts?
Though yet heaven knows it is but as a tomb
Which hides your life, and shows not half your parts.”
– William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18