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Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

- William Shakespeare





Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

- William Shakespeare



Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.

- William Shakespeare



Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other side

- William Shakespeare



Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow's shad

- William Shakespeare



Ambition's like a circle on the water, which never ceases to enlarge itself, 'till by broad spreading it disperse to nought.

- William Shakespeare



'Tis a common proof, that lowliness is Edward Young ambition's ladder, where to the climber upwards turns his face; but when he once attains the utmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back, looks into the clouds scorning the base degrees by which he did ascend.

- William Shakespeare



Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.

- William Shakespeare



Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

- William Shakespeare



The golden age is before us, not behind us.

- William Shakespeare



A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

- William Shakespeare



Expectation is the root of all heartache.

- William Shakespeare



There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

- William Shakespeare



Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

- William Shakespeare



The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

- William Shakespeare



Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

- William Shakespeare



Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

- William Shakespeare