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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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I had rather be a dog and bay the moon Than such a Roman.

Rome Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at IV, iii)

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All the stored vengeances of heaven fall On her ingrateful top!

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)

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Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter.

Pen Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at III, ii)

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Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night; For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.

Purity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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Foul whisp'rings are abroad.

Gossip Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Doctor of Physic at V, i)

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The red wine first must rise In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have 'em Talk us to silence.

Talk Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Sandys at I, iv)

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I cannot, nor I will not hold me still; My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at IV, ii)

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Hark, hark! I hear The strain of strutting chanticleer Cry cock-a-diddle-dowe.

Cocks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Ariel at I, ii)

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So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at I, v)

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The eagle suffers little birds to sing, And is not careful what they mean thereby, Knowing that with the shadow of his wings He can at pleasure stint their melody: Even so mayest thou the giddy men of Rome.

Eagles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at IV, iv)

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On Tuesday last A falcon, now tow'ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.

Falcons Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Ross at II, iv)

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I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.

Hawks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at II, ii)

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Dost thou love hawking? Thou hast hawks will soar Above the morning lark.

Hawks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Lord at induction, ii)

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Did ever raven sing so like a lark That gives sweet tidings of the sun's uprise?

Ravens Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Titus at III, i)

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We bodged again, as I have been a swan With bootless labor swim against the tide And spend her strength with overmatching waves.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then if he lose he makes a swanlike end, Fading in music.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)

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Who are the violets now That strew the green lap of the new-come spring?

Violets Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Duchess of York at V, ii)

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It had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odor.

Violets Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i)

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Good Margaret, run thee to the parlor. There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice Proposing with the Prince and Claudio. Whisper her ear and tell her, I and Ursley Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse Is all of her. Say that thou overheard'st us; And bid her steal into the pleached bower, Where honeysuckles, ripened by the sun, Forbid the sun to enter--like favorites, Made proud by princes, that advance their pride Against that power that bred it. There will she hide her To listen our propose. This is thy office. Bear thee well in it and leave us alone.

Honeysuckles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Hero at III, i)

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Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite By bare imagination of a feast?

Appetite Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Bolingbroke at I, iii)

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(Macbeth:) Here's our chief guest. (Lady Macbeth:) If he had been forgotten, It had been as a gap in our great feast, And all-thing unbecoming.

Guests Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth & Lady Macbeth at III, i)

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When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December, how In this our pinching cave shall we discourse The freezing hours away?

December Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Arviragus at III, iii)

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There's her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick at I, i)

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Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XVIII

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When clouds are seen wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall then winter is at hand.

Sunset Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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