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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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What, man, defy the devil? Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby 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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Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.

Trust 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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Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Mercy 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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I can tell thee where that saying was born, of 'I fear no colors.'

Proverbs (general) Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Maria at I, v)

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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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To offend and judge are distinct offices, And of opposed natures.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at II, ix)

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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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Being holiday, the beggar's shop is shut.

Holidays Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at V, 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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What wound did ever heal but my degrees?

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

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