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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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And then I stole all courtesy from heaven, And dressed myself in such humility That I did pluck allegiance from men's hearts, Loud shouts and salutations from their mouths Even in the presence of the crowned king.

Treason Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (King Henry)

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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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Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter.

Pen Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at III, ii)

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Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Berowne at IV, iii)

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Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold Will tempt unto a close exploit of death?

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at IV, ii)

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Hostess, clap to the doors. Watch to-night, pray to-morrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be merry? Shall we have a play extempore.

Merriment Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at II, iv)

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If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.

Calumny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)

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Tongues I'll hang on every tree That shall civil sayings show. . . .

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

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So on the tip of his subduing tongue All kinds of arguments and question deep, All replication prompt and reason strong, For his advantage still did wake and sleep. To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep, He had the dialect and different skill, Catching all passions in his craft of will; . . .

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Lover's Complaint (l. 120)

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Anon, as patient as the female dove When that her golden couplets are disclosed, His silence will sit drooping.

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at V, i)

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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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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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Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander at I, 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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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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