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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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A little more than kin, and less than kind!

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, i)

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The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief, He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Duke of Venice at I, iii)

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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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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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Friends, Romans countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

Hearing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at III, ii)

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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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I do desire we may be better strangers.

Desire Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Orlando at III, ii)

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A little more than kin, and less than kind!

Kindness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, i)

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I prithee take the cork out of thy mouth, that I may drink thy tidings.

Talk Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at III, ii)

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So on the tip of his subduing tongue All kinds of arguments and question deep, All replication prompt and reason strong, For his advantage still did wake and sleep. To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep, He had the dialect and different skill, Catching all passions in his craft of will; . . .

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Lover's Complaint (l. 120)

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The language I have learnt these forty years, My native English, now I must forgo; And now my tongue's use is to me no more Than an unstringed viol or a harp, Or like a cunning instrument cased up Or, being open, put into his hands That knows no touch to tune the harmony.

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

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Here's Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough, and one that loves quails, but he has not so much brain as ear-wax; and the goodly transformation of Jupiter there, his brother, the bull, the primitive statue and oblique memorial of cockolds; a thrifty shoeing-horn in a chain, hanging at his brother's leg, to what form but that he is should wit larded with malice and malice forced with wit turn him to? To an ass, were nothing; he is both ass and ox: to an ox, were nothing; he is both ox and ass. To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an owl, a puttock, or a herring without roe, I would not care; but to be Memelaus! I would conspire against destiny.

Quail Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at V, i)

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Gentle my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks; Be bright and jovial among your guests to-night.

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

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The setting sun, and music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than things long past.

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

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The pretty and sweet manner of it forced Those waters from me which I would have stopped; But I had not so much of man in me, And all my mother came into mine eyes And gave me up to tears.

Motherhood Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, vi)

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The ides of March are come.

March Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at III, i)

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I am giddy; expectation whirls me round. Th' imaginary relish is so sweet That it enchants my sense.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Troilus at III, ii)

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He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion. He hath indeed bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.

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

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