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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Did ever raven sing so like a lark That gives sweet tidings of the sun's uprise?

Ravens Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Titus at III, i)

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For you know, nuncle, The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long That it's had it head bit off by it young.

Sparrows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Fool at I, iv)

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We bodged again, as I have been a swan With bootless labor swim against the tide And spend her strength with overmatching waves.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then if he lose he makes a swanlike end, Fading in music.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, ii)

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Who are the violets now That strew the green lap of the new-come spring?

Violets Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Duchess of York at V, ii)

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It had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odor.

Violets Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i)

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Good Margaret, run thee to the parlor. There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice Proposing with the Prince and Claudio. Whisper her ear and tell her, I and Ursley Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse Is all of her. Say that thou overheard'st us; And bid her steal into the pleached bower, Where honeysuckles, ripened by the sun, Forbid the sun to enter--like favorites, Made proud by princes, that advance their pride Against that power that bred it. There will she hide her To listen our propose. This is thy office. Bear thee well in it and leave us alone.

Honeysuckles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Hero at III, i)

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Poor Tom, that eats the swimming frog, the toad, the todpole, the wall-newt and the water; that in the fury of his heart, when the foul fiend rages, eats cow-dung for sallets, swallows the old rat and the ditch-dog, drinks the green mantle of the standing pool; who is whipped from tithing to tithing, and stock-punished and imprisoned; who hath had three suits to his back, six shirts to his body, Horse to ride, and weapon to wear, But mice and rats, and such small deer, Have been Tom's food for seven long year.

Eating Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Edgar at III, iv)

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Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite By bare imagination of a feast?

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

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(Macbeth:) Here's our chief guest. (Lady Macbeth:) If he had been forgotten, It had been as a gap in our great feast, And all-thing unbecoming.

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

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When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December, how In this our pinching cave shall we discourse The freezing hours away?

December Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Arviragus at III, iii)

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There's her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December.

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

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Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XVIII

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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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When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms makes men expect a dearth.

Sunset Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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Like the lily That once was mistress of the field and flourished, I'll hang my head and perish.

Lilies Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at III, i)

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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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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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In time we hate that which we often fear.

Hatred Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Charmian at I, iii)

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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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