Important Quotations for NET/SET exams

 Important Quotations for NET/SET exams | English Literature 

Important Quotations from English Literature for UGC NET exam| Most expected quotes from English Literature to be asked in NET exam

Important Quotations from Shakespeare's Works:

Quotations from William Shakespeare's King Lear:

I am a man more sinned against that sinning.

__King Lear

Nothing will come of nothing.

_____ King Lear to Cordelia

As flies to wanton boys we are to gods. They kill us for their sport.

___ Gloucester, in King Lear

When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

_____ King Lear 

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never die but once.

___Julius Ceaser

All's well that ends well.

__Twelfth Night

If music be the food of love then play on.

__Twelfth Night

All the world's a stage; And the the men and women are merely players.

 ___As You Like it

Love is merely a madness.

__ As You Like it

Fair is foul and foul is fair.

__ Three witches, Macbeth

Life is a tale, told by an idiot.

__ Macbeth

Life's but a walking shadow.


Here is still the smell of blood. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

__ Lady Macbeth

Quotations from Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice":

All that glitters is not gold. 

___Price Morocco says this to Portia in Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice"

Love is blind, lovers cannot see.

__Jesica, Merchant of Venice

Important Quotations/lines | William Wordsworth:

Child is the father of the man.

__My Heart Leaps up

Poetry is the breath and finer sprit of knowledge.

_Preface to Lyrical Ballads 

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

____Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.

___Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more. 

__The Solitary Reaper by Wordsworth  

Important Quotations|S. T. Coleridge :

Water, water, every where; nor any drop to drink. 

__The Rime of Ancient Mariner

Alone, alone, all, all alone, alone on wide, wide sea. 

__The Rime of Ancient Mariner

He prayeth best who loveth best; All things both great and small. 

__The Rime of Ancient Mariner

Important Quotations from John Keats' poetry:

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

__Endymion, Book-1

Beuty is truth; truth beauty.

__Ode on a Grecian Urn

Most important Quotations|P. B. Shelley :

If winter comes can spring be far behind.

__Ode to the West Wind

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. 

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

__ A Defence of Poetry

Quotations from Alexander Pope's literary works:

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

A little learning is a dangerous thing.

To err is human, to forgive is devine.

__An essay on Criticism