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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Nay then, let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, ii)

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The prince of darkness is a gentleman. Modo he's called, and Mahu.

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

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In few, they hurried us aboard a bark, Bore us some leagues to sea; where they prepared A rotten carcass of a butt, not rigged, Nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats Instinctively have quit it.

Shipwreck Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Prospero at I, ii)

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The course of true love never did run smooth.

Love Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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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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Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.

Tardiness 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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Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.

Authority Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles 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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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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Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter.

Pen Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at III, 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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Tongues I'll hang on every tree That shall civil sayings show. . . .

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Celia 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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