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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Anon, as patient as the female dove When that her golden couplets are disclosed, His silence will sit drooping.

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at V, i)

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All furnished, all in arms; All plum'd like estridges that with the wind Bated like eagles having lately bathed; Glittering in golden coats like images; As full of spirit as the month of May And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.

Ostriches (estridges) Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Vernon at IV, ii)

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It is the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman Which gives the stern'st good-night.

Owls Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth at II, ii)

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No, truly, 'tis more than manners will; And I have heard it said, unbidden guests Are often welcomest when they are gone.

Guests Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (Bedford at II, ii)

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No doubt they rose up early to observe The rite of May; and, hearing our intent, Came here in grace of our solemnity.

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

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Nature Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The sweat of industry would dry and die, But for the end it works to.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Balarius at III, vi)

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Like madness is the glory of this life As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.

Glory Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief, He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Duke of Venice at I, iii)

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Away with him, away with him! He speaks Latin.

Linguists Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Cade at IV, vii)

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Friends, Romans countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

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

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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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Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Berowne at IV, iii)

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Man delights not me--nor woman neither, though, by your smiling you seem to say so.

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

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These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume.

Delight Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence at II, vi)

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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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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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