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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

Misery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Trinculo at II, i)

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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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The people are like water and the ruler a boat. Water can support a boat or overturn it.

Water Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Clarence at I, iv)

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Unbidden guests Are often welcomest when they are gone.

Hospitality 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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Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing. 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed.

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

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He who has never hoped can never despair.

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

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You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only I do not like the fashion of your garments.

Fashion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at III, vi)

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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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It is a pretty mocking of the life.

Satire Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Painter at I, i)

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By God, I cannot flatter, I do defy The tongues of soothers! but a braver place In my heart's love hath no man than yourself. Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at IV, i)

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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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Thou know'st, great son, The end of war's uncertain, but this certain, That, if thou conquer Rome, the benefit Which thou shalt thereby reap is such a name Whose repetition will be dogged with curses, Whose chronicle thus writ: 'The man was noble, But with his last attempt he wiped it out, Destroyed his country; and his name remains To th' ensuing age abhorred,' Speak to me son. Thou hast affected the fine strains of honor, To imitate the graces of the gods; To tear with thunder the wide cheeks o' th' air, And yet to change thy sulphur with a bolt That should rive an oak.

Treason Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Volumnia at V, iii)

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When daisies pied and violets blue And lady-smocks all silver-white And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue Do paint the meadows with delight, The cuckoo then, on every tree, Mocks married men: for thus sings he, Cuckoo; Cuckoo, cuckoo: O, word of fear, Unpleasing to a married ear!

Cuckoos Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Spring at V, ii)

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When I was sick, you gave me bitter pills, And I must minister the like to you.

Medicine Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Proteus at II, iv)

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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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