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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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I do desire we may be better strangers.

Desire Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Orlando at III, ii)

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A little more than kin, and less than kind!

Kindness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, i)

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The wound of peace is surety, Surety secure; but modest doubt is called The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches To th' bottom of the worst.

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Hector at II, ii)

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I prithee take the cork out of thy mouth, that I may drink thy tidings.

Talk Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind 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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The language I have learnt these forty years, My native English, now I must forgo; And now my tongue's use is to me no more Than an unstringed viol or a harp, Or like a cunning instrument cased up Or, being open, put into his hands That knows no touch to tune the harmony.

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

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Here's Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough, and one that loves quails, but he has not so much brain as ear-wax; and the goodly transformation of Jupiter there, his brother, the bull, the primitive statue and oblique memorial of cockolds; a thrifty shoeing-horn in a chain, hanging at his brother's leg, to what form but that he is should wit larded with malice and malice forced with wit turn him to? To an ass, were nothing; he is both ass and ox: to an ox, were nothing; he is both ox and ass. To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an owl, a puttock, or a herring without roe, I would not care; but to be Memelaus! I would conspire against destiny.

Quail Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at V, i)

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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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Gentle my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks; Be bright and jovial among your guests to-night.

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

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The setting sun, and music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than things long past.

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

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Cytherea, How bravely thou becom'st thy bed, fresh lily, And whiter than the sheets!

Lilies Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Iachimo at II, ii)

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The pretty and sweet manner of it forced Those waters from me which I would have stopped; But I had not so much of man in me, And all my mother came into mine eyes And gave me up to tears.

Motherhood Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, vi)

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As good luck would have it, comes in one Mistress Page, gives intelligence of Ford's approach, and in her invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a buck-basket.

Luck Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff at III, v)

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I am giddy; expectation whirls me round. Th' imaginary relish is so sweet That it enchants my sense.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Troilus at III, ii)

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He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion. He hath indeed bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.

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

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If I shall be condemned Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else But what your jealousies awake, I tell you 'Tis rigor and not law.

Jealousy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Hermione at III, ii)

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Would he were fatter! But I fear him not. Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius.

Suspicion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at I, ii)

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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet Are of imagination all compact. One sees more devils than vast hell can hold; That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt. The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theseus at V, i)

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For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

Deception Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The better part of valour is discretion.

Discretion Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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So our virtues Lie in the interpretation of the time

Virtue Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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I was adored once too.

Affection Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Boldness be my friend.

Boldness Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Fight till the last gasp.

Bravery Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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