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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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Man delights not me--nor woman neither, though, by your smiling you seem to say so.

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

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These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume.

Delight Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence at II, vi)

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I prithee take the cork out of thy mouth, that I may drink thy tidings.

Talk Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at III, ii)

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The language I have learnt these forty years, My native English, now I must forgo; And now my tongue's use is to me no more Than an unstringed viol or a harp, Or like a cunning instrument cased up Or, being open, put into his hands That knows no touch to tune the harmony.

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Mowbray at I, iii)

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Here's Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough, and one that loves quails, but he has not so much brain as ear-wax; and the goodly transformation of Jupiter there, his brother, the bull, the primitive statue and oblique memorial of cockolds; a thrifty shoeing-horn in a chain, hanging at his brother's leg, to what form but that he is should wit larded with malice and malice forced with wit turn him to? To an ass, were nothing; he is both ass and ox: to an ox, were nothing; he is both ox and ass. To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an owl, a puttock, or a herring without roe, I would not care; but to be Memelaus! I would conspire against destiny.

Quail Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at V, i)

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Be it not in thy care. Go, I charge thee, invite them all; let in the tide Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.

Eating Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at III, iv)

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The setting sun, and music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than things long past.

Sunset Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Gaunt at II, i)

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O, where is loyalty? If it be banished from the frosty head, Where shall it find a harbor in the earth?

Fidelity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (King Henry at V, i)

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The pretty and sweet manner of it forced Those waters from me which I would have stopped; But I had not so much of man in me, And all my mother came into mine eyes And gave me up to tears.

Motherhood Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, vi)

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As good luck would have it, comes in one Mistress Page, gives intelligence of Ford's approach, and in her invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a buck-basket.

Luck Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff at III, v)

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