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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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.

Disappointments 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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Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold Will tempt unto a close exploit of death?

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at IV, ii)

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Anon, as patient as the female dove When that her golden couplets are disclosed, His silence will sit drooping.

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at V, i)

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It is the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman Which gives the stern'st good-night.

Owls Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth at II, ii)

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No, truly, 'tis more than manners will; And I have heard it said, unbidden guests Are often welcomest when they are gone.

Guests Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (Bedford at II, ii)

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No doubt they rose up early to observe The rite of May; and, hearing our intent, Came here in grace of our solemnity.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theseus at IV, i)

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My prophecy is but half his journey yet, For yonder walls, that pertly front your town, Yon towers, whose wanton tops do buss the clouds, Must kiss their own feet.

Clouds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at IV, v)

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Nature Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The sweat of industry would dry and die, But for the end it works to.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Balarius at III, vi)

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Like madness is the glory of this life As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.

Glory Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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