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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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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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Prithee, friend, Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear, The good and the bad together: he's friends with Caesar, In state of health, thou say'st, and thou say'st, free.

News Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra at II, v)

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But mine, and mine I loved, and mine I praised, And mine that I was proud on--mine so much That I myself was to myself not mine, Valuing of her--why she, O, she is fall'n Into a pit of ink, that the wide sea Hath drops too few to wash her clean again, And salt too little which may season give To her foul tainted flesh!

Guilt Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato at IV, i)

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