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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December, how In this our pinching cave shall we discourse The freezing hours away?

December Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Arviragus at III, iii)

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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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There's her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December.

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

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When clouds are seen wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall then winter is at hand.

Sunset Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms makes men expect a dearth.

Sunset Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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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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Like the lily That once was mistress of the field and flourished, I'll hang my head and perish.

Lilies Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at III, i)

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I will be treble-sinewed, hearted, breathed, And fight maliciously; for when mine hours Were nice and lucky, men did ransom lives Of me for jests; but now I'll set my teeth And send to darkness all that stop me.

Luck Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Antony at III, xiii)

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Madam, I swear I use no art at all. That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity, And pity 'tis 'tis true--a foolish figure.

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

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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.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Helena at II, i)

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In time we hate that which we often fear.

Hatred Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Charmian at I, iii)

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Yet marked O where the bolt of Cupid fell. It fell upon a little western flower, Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound, And maidens call it love-in-idleness.

Pansies Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon at II, i)

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What to ourselves in passion we propose, The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.

Passion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, ii)

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And where the offense is, let the great axe fall.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (King at IV, v)

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If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, ii)

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If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at III, i)

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I have of late--but wherefore I know not--lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire--why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.

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

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As far as could ken thy chalky cliffs, When from thy shore the tempest beat us back, I stood upon the hatches in the storm, And when the dusky sky began to rob My earnest-gaping sight of thy land's view, I took a costly jewel from my neck, A heart it was, bound in with diamonds, And threw it toward thy land.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Queen Margaret at III, ii)

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Nay then, let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, ii)

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The prince of darkness is a gentleman. Modo he's called, and Mahu.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Edgar at III, iv)

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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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