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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Vincentio, the Duke at III, ii)

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When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within a hour; and pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befell!

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Oliver at IV, iii)

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Murder most foul, as in the best it is, But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

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Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time, Ere humane stature purged the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear. The time has been That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end. But now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools. This is more strange Than such a murder is.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, iv)

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Hear me profess sincerely: had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had rather have eleven die nobly for their country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.

Patriotism Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Volumnia at I, iii)

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I do love My country's good with a respect more tender, More holy and profound, then mine own life, My dear wife's estimate, her womb increase, And treasure of my loins.

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

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I'll never Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand As is a man were author of himself And knew no other kin.

Independence Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at V, iii)

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Nor do we find him forward to be sounded, But with a crafty madness keeps aloof When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state.

Confession Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Guildenstern at III, i)

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Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.

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

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If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed; If not, 'tis true this parting was well made.

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

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They say be parted well and paid his score, And so, God be with him.

Parting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Siward at V, viii)

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I will go wash; And when my face is fair, you shall perceive Whether I blush or no.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at I, ix)

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Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite, Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes, That banish what they sue for: redeem thy brother By yielding up thy body to my will, Or else he must not only die the death, But thy unkindess shall his death draw out To ling'ring sufferance.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, iv)

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Yet will she blush, here be it said, To bear her secrets so bewrayed.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Passionate Pilgrim (XVIII, l. 53), a poem of doubtful authenticity

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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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