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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee! I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable As this which now I draw.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at II, i)

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Bleed, bleed, poor Country! Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs, The title is affeered!

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)

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This tyrant, whole sole name blisters our tongues, Was once thought honest; you have loved him well; He hath not touched you yet.

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Malcolm at IV, iii)

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But thou know'st this, 'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, ii)

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I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than the years; And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth, That I should open to the list'ning air How many worthy princes' bloods were shed To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms And make pretense of wrong that I have done him; When all, for mine, if I may call offense, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence; Which love to all, of which thyself art one, Who now reproved'st me for't--

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, ii)

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For what is he they follow? Truly, gentlemen, A bloody tyrant and a homicide; One raised in blood and one in blood established; One that made means to come by what he hath, And slaughtered those that were the means to help him; A base foul stone, made precious by the foil Of England's chair, where he is falsely set; One that hath ever been God's enemy.

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Richmond at V, iii)

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Yet thanks I must you con That you are thieves professed, that you work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft In limited professions.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at IV, iii)

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Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus, expiring, do foretell of him: His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves; Small show'rs last long, but sudden storms are short; He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes; With eager feeding doth choke the feeder; Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.

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

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Some there be that shadows kiss; Such have but a shadow's bliss.

Shadows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)

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Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway, Meeting the check of such another day; And since this business so fair is done, Let us not leave till all our own be won.

Rebellion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (King Henry at V, iv)

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If but a dozen French Were there in arms, they would be as a call To train ten thousand English to their side, Or as a little snow, tumbled about, Anon becomes a mountain.

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

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Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time, Ere humane stature purged the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear. The time has been That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end. But now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools. This is more strange Than such a murder is.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, iv)

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The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.

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

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Hear me profess sincerely: had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had rather have eleven die nobly for their country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.

Patriotism Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Volumnia at I, iii)

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A stirring dwarf we do allowance give Before a sleeping giant.

Consideration Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Agamemnon at II, iii)

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Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day, And with thy bloody and invisible hand Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond Which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow Makes wing to th' rooky wood. Good things of day begin to droop and drowse, While night's black agents to their prey do rouse.

Crows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, ii)

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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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Yet will she blush, here be it said, To bear her secrets so bewrayed.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Passionate Pilgrim (XVIII, l. 53), a poem of doubtful authenticity

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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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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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