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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.

Time Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Great men have reaching hands.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Say at IV, vii)

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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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Good hay, sweet hay, hath no fellow.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom at IV, i)

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What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at II, ii)

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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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What are these, So withered and so wild in their attire That took not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth And yet are on't?

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Banquo at I, iii)

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Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself Are much condemned to have an itching palm, To sell and mart your offices for gold To undeservers.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus 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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Some there be that shadows kiss; Such have but a shadow's bliss.

Shadows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)

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Thy gown? Why, ay--come, tailor, let us see't. O mercy, God, what masquing stuff is there? What's this, a sleeve? 'Tis like a demi-cannon. What, up and down carved like an apple tart? Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash, Like to a censer in a barber's shop. Why, what's a devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?

Tailors Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio at IV, iii)

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A stirring dwarf we do allowance give Before a sleeping giant.

Consideration Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Agamemnon at II, iii)

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Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day, And with thy bloody and invisible hand Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond Which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow Makes wing to th' rooky wood. Good things of day begin to droop and drowse, While night's black agents to their prey do rouse.

Crows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, ii)

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The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark When neither is attended; and I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. How many thing by season seasoned are To their right praise and true perfection!

Crows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)

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Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Parting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at II, ii)

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Who knows himself a braggart, Let him fear this; for it will come to pass That every braggart shall be found an ass.

Cowards Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)

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Sweets to the sweet! Farewell.

Sweetness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at V, i)

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I see, the jewel best enamelled Will lose his beauty; yet the gold bides still That others touch, and often touching will Wear gold; and no man that hath a name, By falsehood and corruption doth it shame.

Gold Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at II, i)

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You sunburnt sicklemen, of August weary, Come hither from the furrow and be merry. Make holiday: your rye-straw hats put on, And these fresh nymphs encounter every one In country footing.

Holidays Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Iris at IV, i)

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With these shreds They vented their complainings, which being answered And a petition granted them, a strange one, To break the heart of generosity, And make bold power look pale, they threw their caps As they would hang them on the horns o' th' moon, Shouting their emulation.

Applause Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Marcius at I, i)

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From you have I been absent in the spring, When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in everything, That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him; Yet nor the lays of birds, not the sweet smell Of different flowers in odor and in hue, Could make me any summer's story tell, Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew: Nor did I wonder at the lily's white, Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose; They were but sweet, but figures of delight, Drawn after you, you pattern of all those. Yet seemed it winter still, and you away, As with your shadow I with these did play.

April Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XCVIII

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Base is the slave that pays.

Slavery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Pistol at II, i)

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To say the truth, so Judas kissed his master And cried, 'All hail!' when as he meant all harm.

Treachery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at V, vii)

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Come, our stomachs Will make what's homely savory.

Hunger Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Belarius at III, vi)

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Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun.

Necessity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Patroclus at III, iii)

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