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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear.

Absence Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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What need I fear of thee? But yet I'll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live; That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, And sleep in spite of thunder

Fate Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.

Time Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pitch and moment, With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)

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A friend should bear a friend's infirmities.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at IV, iii)

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What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (King Henry at III, ii)

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Trust not him that hath once broken faith.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

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Truth is a dog that must to kennel. He must be whipped, when Lady, the brach, may stand by the fire and stink.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Fool at I, iv)

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I know myself now, and I feel within me A peace above all earthly dignities, A still and quiet conscience.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at V, v)

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Young in limbs, in judgment old.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Morocco at II, vii)

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An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

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Oh, I have suffered With those that I saw suffer!

Suffering Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Miranda at I, ii)

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Bravest at the last, She levelled at our purposes, and being royal, Took her own way.

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Octavius Caesar at V, ii)

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For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th' unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin?

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)

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Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life Cuts off so many years of fearing death.

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Casca at III, i)

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Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.-- This grave shall have a living monument. An hour of quiet shortly shall we see; Till then in patience our proceeding be.

Monuments Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at V, i)

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There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave To tell us this.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Horatio at I, v)

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Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee! I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable As this which now I draw.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at II, i)

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Bleed, bleed, poor Country! Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs, The title is affeered!

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)

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This tyrant, whole sole name blisters our tongues, Was once thought honest; you have loved him well; He hath not touched you yet.

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Malcolm at IV, iii)

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I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than the years; And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth, That I should open to the list'ning air How many worthy princes' bloods were shed To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms And make pretense of wrong that I have done him; When all, for mine, if I may call offense, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence; Which love to all, of which thyself art one, Who now reproved'st me for't--

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, ii)

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For what is he they follow? Truly, gentlemen, A bloody tyrant and a homicide; One raised in blood and one in blood established; One that made means to come by what he hath, And slaughtered those that were the means to help him; A base foul stone, made precious by the foil Of England's chair, where he is falsely set; One that hath ever been God's enemy.

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Richmond at V, iii)

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Yet thanks I must you con That you are thieves professed, that you work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft In limited professions.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at IV, iii)

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Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus, expiring, do foretell of him: His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves; Small show'rs last long, but sudden storms are short; He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes; With eager feeding doth choke the feeder; Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.

Vanity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Gaunt at II, i)

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