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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms, Quite vanquished him. Then burst his mighty heart; And in his mantle muffling up his face, Even at the base of Pompey's statue (Which all the while ran blood) great Caesar fell.

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

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All the stored vengeances of heaven fall On her ingrateful top!

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)

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Mort de ma vie! all is confounded, all! Reproach and everlasting shame Sits mocking in our plumes.

Shame Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Dauphin at IV, v)

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What, shall one of us, That struck for the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers--shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes, And sell the mighty space of our large honors For so much trash as may be grasped thus?

Bribery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at IV, iii)

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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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I am disgraced, impeached, and baffled here; Pierced to the soul with slander's venomed spear, The which no balm can cure but his heart-blood Which breathed this poison.

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

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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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