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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks; Arm it in rags, a pygmy's straw does pierce it.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at IV, vi)

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Her voice was ever soft, Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at V, iii)

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The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Make instruments to plague us.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Edgar at V, iii)

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Thou wear a lion's hide! doff it for shame, And hang a calf's skin on those recreant limbs.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Constance at III, i)

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Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man, And bitter shame hath spoiled the sweet world's taste, That it yields nought but shame and bitterness.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Lewis at III, iv)

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Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Lewis at III, iv)

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How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds Makes ill deeds done.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (King John at IV, ii)

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With taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Salisbury at IV, ii)

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Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire; Threaten the threat'ner, and outface the brow Of bragging horror.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Bastard at V, i)

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Anger is like A full hot horse, who being allowed his way, Self-mettle tires him.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Norfolk at I, i)

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Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot That it doth singe yourself.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Norfolk at I, i)

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To climb steep hills Requires slow pace at first.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Norfolk at I, i)

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We may outrun, By violent swiftness, that which we run at, And lose by over-running.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Norfolk at I, i)

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New customs, Though they be never so ridiculous, (Nay, let 'em be unmanly), yet are followed.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Sandys at I, iii)

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Our content Is our best having.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Old Lady at II, ii)

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A peace above all earthly dignities, A still and quiet conscience.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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By that sin fell the angels.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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My high-blown pride At length broke under me, and now has left me Weary and old with service.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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O how wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favours!

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Wolsey at III, ii)

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Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Griffith at IV, ii)

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But we are all men In our own natures frail.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Chancellor at V, iii)

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A fool's bolt is soon shot.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Orleans at III, vii)

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There is some soul of goodness in things evil, Would men observingly distill it out; For our bad neighbor makes us early stirrers, Which is both healthful, and good husbandry.

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

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The fire i' the flint Shows not till it be struck.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of TImon of Athens (Poet at I, i)

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Men shut their doors against the setting sun.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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