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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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E'en a crow o' th' same nest; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a retreat he outruns any lackey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp.

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

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So cowards fight when they can fly no further; So doves do peck the falcon's piercing talons; So desperate thieves, all hopeless of their lives, Breathe out invectives 'gainst the officers.

Cowards Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Clifford at I, iv)

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How many cowards whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, Who inward searched, have livers white as milk!

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

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Mine eyes Were not in fault, for she was beautiful; Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming. It had been vicious To have mistrusted her.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cymbeline at V, v)

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If he be so resolved, I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betrayed with trees And bears with glasses, elephants with holes, Lions with toils, and men with flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Decius at II, i)

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Thou that so stoutly hast resisted me, Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold; For I have bought it with an hundred blows.

Gold Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Father at II, v)

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(Portia:) A quarrel ho! already! What's the matter? (Gratiano:) About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring That she did give me, whose posy was For all the world like cutler's poetry Upon a knife--'Love me, and leave me not.'

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

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This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them.

Nobility Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at V, v)

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Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes; For treason is but trusted like the fox, Who, ne'er so tame, so cherished and locked up, Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.

Treason Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Worcester at V, ii)

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I must be cruel only to be kind.

Cruelty Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, iv)

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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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Mort de ma vie! all is confounded, all! Reproach and everlasting shame Sits mocking in our plumes.

Shame Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Dauphin at IV, v)

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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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For you know, nuncle, The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long That it's had it head bit off by it young.

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

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