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17 of the Most Iconic Lines in All of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare. Some people know him as the Bard of Avon, others know him as the literal father of the English goddamn language. (There are those who will say that Geoffrey Chaucer is the father of the English language, but this article is about Shakespeare, so we’re going with Shakespeare. Chaucer can get his own article.) 

Anyway, regardless of how you know him, you likely know Shakespeare is one of the most influential writers who ever lived. His poetry is unparalleled, his prose never fails to inspire, and his elegantly crafted sex jokes have stood the test of time. Here are just a few lines written by a man who helped shape the Western literary world.