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!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at V, i)
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at II, ii)
Who knows himself a braggart,
Let him fear this; for it will come to pass
That every braggart shall be found an ass.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, iii)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia & Gratiano at V, i)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Marcius at I, i)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena at III, ii)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Patroclus at III, iii)
May be he is not well.
Infirmity doth neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)
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!
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (King Henry at IV, i)
Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,
More hideous when thou show'st thee in a child
Than the sea-monster.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at I, iv)
I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
Or any taint of vie whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Viola at III, iv)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Pisanio at III, iv)
(Salerio:) . . . if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her
(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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Salerio & Solanio at III, i)
And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but
to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at IV, i)
I heard a bird so sing,
Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lancaster at V, v)
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-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Winter at V, ii)
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.
Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at III, iii)