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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Hostess, clap to the doors. Watch to-night, pray to-morrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be merry? Shall we have a play extempore.

Merriment Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at II, iv)

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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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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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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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Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ.

Jealousy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at III, iii)

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Why, now blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark! The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at V, 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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