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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night; For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.

Purity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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Foul whisp'rings are abroad.

Gossip Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Doctor of Physic at V, i)

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The red wine first must rise In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have 'em Talk us to silence.

Talk Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Sandys at I, iv)

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I cannot, nor I will not hold me still; My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at IV, ii)

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You play the spaniel, And think with wagging of your tongue to win me.

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

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The swallow follows not summer more willing than we your lordship.

Swallows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Second Friend at III, vi)

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Hark, hark! I hear The strain of strutting chanticleer Cry cock-a-diddle-dowe.

Cocks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Ariel at I, ii)

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So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at I, v)

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The eagle suffers little birds to sing, And is not careful what they mean thereby, Knowing that with the shadow of his wings He can at pleasure stint their melody: Even so mayest thou the giddy men of Rome.

Eagles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at IV, iv)

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On Tuesday last A falcon, now tow'ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.

Falcons Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Ross at II, iv)

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I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.

Hawks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at II, ii)

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Dost thou love hawking? Thou hast hawks will soar Above the morning lark.

Hawks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Lord at induction, ii)

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Hold, there is the very remuneration I had of thy master, thou halfpenny purse of wit, thou pigeon-egg of discretion.

Pigeons Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Costard at V, 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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Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue--the swan's down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Antony at III, ii)

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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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I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan, Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death, And from the organ-pipe of fraity sings His soul and body to their lasting rest.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Prince Henry at V, vii)

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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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I will play the swan, And die in music.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Emilia at V, ii)

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Coal-black is better than another hue In that it scorns to bear another hue; For all the water in the ocean Can never turn the swan's black legs to white, Although she lave them hourly in the flood.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Aaron at IV, 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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Who riseth from a feast With that keen appetite that he sits down?

Appetite Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Gratiano at II, vi)

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