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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Therefore doth heaven divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavor in continual motion; To which is fixed as an aim or butt Obedience; for so work the honeybees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sorts, Where some like magistrates correct at home, Others like merchants venture trade abroad, Others like soldiers armed in their stings Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds, Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the tent-royal of their emperor, Who, busied in his majesties, surveys The singing masons building roofs of gold, The civil citizens kneading up the honey, The poor mechanic porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate, The sad-eyed justice with his surly hum Delivering o'er to executors pale The lazy yawning drone.

Bees Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Canterbury at I, 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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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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No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en. In brief, sir, study what you most effect.

Gain Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio at I, 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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From you have I been absent in the spring, When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in everything, That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him; Yet nor the lays of birds, not the sweet smell Of different flowers in odor and in hue, Could make me any summer's story tell, Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew: Nor did I wonder at the lily's white, Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose; They were but sweet, but figures of delight, Drawn after you, you pattern of all those. Yet seemed it winter still, and you away, As with your shadow I with these did play.

April Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XCVIII

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The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light; . . .

Footsteps Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Venus and Adonis (l. 1,028)

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So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet an union in partition-- Two lovely berries moulded on one stem; So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart; Two of the first, like coats in heraldry, Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.

Unity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena at III, ii)

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O, how wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to, That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, More pangs and fears than wars or women have; And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again.

Royalty Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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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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Men so noble, However faulty, yet should find respect For what they have been: 'tis a cruelty To load a falling man.

Cruelty Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Cromwell at V, iii)

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Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus, expiring, do foretell of him: His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves; Small show'rs last long, but sudden storms are short; He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes; With eager feeding doth choke the feeder; Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.

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

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He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at II, ii)

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The private wound is deepest. O time most accurst, 'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst!

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at V, iv)

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Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!

Language Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Kent at II, ii)

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