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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark When neither is attended; and I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. How many thing by season seasoned are To their right praise and true perfection!

Crows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)

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Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

Parting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at II, ii)

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Who knows himself a braggart, Let him fear this; for it will come to pass That every braggart shall be found an ass.

Cowards Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)

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Sweets to the sweet! Farewell.

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

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By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if me my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive.

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

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You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold.

Gold Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia & Gratiano at V, i)

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With these shreds They vented their complainings, which being answered And a petition granted them, a strange one, To break the heart of generosity, And make bold power look pale, they threw their caps As they would hang them on the horns o' th' moon, Shouting their emulation.

Applause Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Marcius at I, i)

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Base is the slave that pays.

Slavery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Pistol at II, i)

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The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light; . . .

Footsteps Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Venus and Adonis (l. 1,028)

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So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet an union in partition-- Two lovely berries moulded on one stem; So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart; Two of the first, like coats in heraldry, Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.

Unity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena at III, ii)

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Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun.

Necessity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Patroclus at III, iii)

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May be he is not well. Infirmity doth neglect all office Whereto our health is bound.

Health Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)

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How he in peace is wounded, not in war.

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Rape of Lucrece (l. 831)

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He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at II, ii)

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Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!

Language Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Kent at II, ii)

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If they perceive dissension in our looks And that within ourselves we disagree, How will their grudging stomachs be provoked To willfull disobedience, and rebel!

Dissension Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (King Henry at IV, i)

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Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou show'st thee in a child Than the sea-monster.

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at I, iv)

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I hate ingratitude more in a man Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, Or any taint of vie whose strong corruption Inhabits our frail blood.

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Viola at III, iv)

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No, 'tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds and doth belie All corners of the world. Kings, queens. and states, Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters.

Slander Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Pisanio at III, iv)

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(Salerio:) . . . if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word. (Solanio:) I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever knapped ginger or made her neighbors believe she wept for the death of a third husband.

Gossip Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Salerio & Solanio at III, i)

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And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.

Listening Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at IV, i)

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I heard a bird so sing, Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.

Birds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lancaster at V, v)

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When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk.

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

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When all aloud the wind doth blow, And coughing drowns the parson's saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow, And Marian's nose looks red and raw, When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-who; Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

Owls Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Winter at V, ii)

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Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock--a stride and a stand; ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out'; and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking.

Peacocks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at III, iii)

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