Shakespeare quotes are arguably credited with nearly as many common sayings as the Holy Bible. The prolific British playwright from Stratford-on-Avon produced a body of work encompassing nearly 200 plays, sonnets and poems in his life around the turn of the 16th century. Among favorite Shakespeare quotes is one that summarizes his love of theater: "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." Profusely studied and performed worldwide, Shakespeare's plays embody a time before television, radio and the internet, when the ability to speak eloquently was essential to fully experiencing life, love, death and despair.
This line from "Timon of Athens," one of Shakespeare's lesser-known and more difficult works, the character Alcibiades, Captain of a military brigade and close friend of the main character Timon, says these words, embodying his fealty for Timon and his willingness to do as he bids.
In what is perhaps Western society's most famous romance, this line is spoken by Juliet while standing on a balcony in what is perhaps the most famous scene of the play, wherein Romeo says, "But, soft! what lgith through yonder window breaks! It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!"