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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Madam, I swear I use no art at all. That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity, And pity 'tis 'tis true--a foolish figure.

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

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Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Helena at II, i)

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What to ourselves in passion we propose, The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.

Passion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, ii)

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And where the offense is, let the great axe fall.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (King at IV, v)

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If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at III, i)

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Why, now blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark! The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at V, i)

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As far as could ken thy chalky cliffs, When from thy shore the tempest beat us back, I stood upon the hatches in the storm, And when the dusky sky began to rob My earnest-gaping sight of thy land's view, I took a costly jewel from my neck, A heart it was, bound in with diamonds, And threw it toward thy land.

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

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Nay then, let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, ii)

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The course of true love never did run smooth.

Love Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.

Losing Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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To be or not to be that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.

Literary Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!

Major holidays Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Reflection is the business of man; a sense of his state is his first duty: but who remembereth himself in joy? Is it not in mercy then that sorrow is allotted unto us?

Reflection Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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'Tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at II, iii)

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Mine honor's such a ring; My chastity's the jewel of our house, Bequeathed down from many ancestors, Which were the greatest obloquy i' th' world In me to lose.

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Diana at IV, ii)

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There are grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.

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

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If thou dost slander her and torture me, Never pray more; abandon all remorse; On horror's head horrors accumulate; Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed; For nothing canst thou to damnation add Greater than that.

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

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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

Patriotism Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Cominius at III, iii)

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Unkindness may do much; And his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love.

Unkindness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Desdemona at IV, ii)

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I ask, that I might waken reverence, And bid the cheek be ready with a blush Modest as morning when she coldly eyes The youthful Phoebus, Which is that god in office, guiding men?

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Aeneas at I, iii)

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Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis receiv'd, And is enough for both.

Gain Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (King of France at II, i)

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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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Some guard these traitors to the block of death, Treason's true bed and yielder up of breath.

Treason Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lancaster at IV, ii)

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Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.

Language Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (First Gentleman at V, ii)

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