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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, may in the sworn twelve have a thief or two guiltier than him they try

Juries and judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The miserable hath no other medicine but only hope

Medicine Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Nature Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

Relationships Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall

Sin Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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A little more than kin, and less than kind!

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

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Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)

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Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at II, ii)

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Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.

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

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When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows!

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at II, iii)

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And what love can do, that does love attempt.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at II, 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, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at III, i)

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Now it is the time of night That the graves, all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the churchway paths to glide.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck at V, i)

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His demand Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love, Bur from deceit, bred by necessity; For how can tyrants safely govern home Unless abroad they purchase great alliance?

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Queen Margaret at III, iii)

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O nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptred, When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, Since that the truest issue of thy throne By his own interdiction stands accursed And does blaspheme his breed?

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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I thank you for your voices, thank you! Your most sweet voices! Now you have left your voices, I have no further with you.

Voice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing. 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at III, iii)

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The charm dissolves apace; And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.

Darkness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Prospero at V, i)

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