William Shakespeare

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts.”

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

“Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.”

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” [Macbeth]

“He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”

“Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot / That it do singe yourself.”

“If by chance I talk a little wild, forgive me; I had it from my father.” [Henry VIII I, 4]

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”

“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.”

“My age is as a lusty winter, / Frosty but kindly.”

On growing bald: “What [God] hath scanted men in hair, He hath given them in wit.”

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”

“Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.”

“Sleep, that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care; / The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s balm, / Balm of hurt minds great Nature’s second course, / Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” [Macbeth]

“Tempt not a desperate man.”

“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” [Romeo & Juliet]

“They do not love that do not show their love.”

“This was the noblest Roman of them all.” [The reference is to Brutus.]

When you say “laugh it off,” you are quoting Shakespeare! [He coined that expression.]