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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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I am giddy; expectation whirls me round. Th' imaginary relish is so sweet That it enchants my sense.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Troilus at III, ii)

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He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion. He hath indeed bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.

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

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If I shall be condemned Upon surmises, all proofs sleeping else But what your jealousies awake, I tell you 'Tis rigor and not law.

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

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Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.

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

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Would he were fatter! But I fear him not. Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius.

Suspicion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at I, ii)

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Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.

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

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But truer stars did govern Proteus' birth; His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles, His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate, His tears pure messengers sent from his heart, His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth.

Fraud Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Julia at II, vii)

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O, grief hath changed me since you saw me last, And careful hours, with Time's deformed hand, Have written strange defeatures in my face.

Grief Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Egeon at V, i)

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Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks. Rage, blow, You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drenched our steeples, downed the cocks.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at III, ii)

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