23/04/2012 04:22 BST | Updated 22/06/2012 06:12 BST

Open Thread: The Bard's Best Ever Lines

He did more than any other writer in history to shape the English language - but what's your favourite Shakespeare quote?

To celebrate the bard's 448th birthday, we want to know what line means most to you from his plays or poems.

To get things started, here's a random scattering of our own:

"O, it is excellent. To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous. To use it like a giant."

- Measure For Measure

"Brevity is the soul of wit"

- Hamlet

"What's past is prologue"

- The Tempest

"When beggars die there are no comets seen;

The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."

- Julius Caesar

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