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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Revenge and wrong bring forth their kind; The foul cubs like their parents are.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Autolycus at IV, iv)

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As wither'd roses yield a late perfume.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Autolycus at IV, iv)

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So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Autolycus at IV, iv)

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Sceptre and crown must tumble down And in the dust be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Autolycus at IV, iv)

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I can tell thee where that saying was born, of 'I fear no colors.'

Proverbs (general) Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Maria at I, v)

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Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Adversity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Duke Senior at II, i)

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A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry. But were we burd'ned with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain: So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve thee, With urging helpless patience wouldst relieve me; But if thou live to see like right bereft, This fool-begged patience in thee will be left.

Adversity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at I, ii)

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Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, For wise men say it is the wisest course.

Adversity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (King Henry at III, i)

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His overthrow heaped happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.

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

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Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.

Adversity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence at III, iii)

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Then know, that I have little wealth to lose. A man I am, crossed with adversity; My riches are these poor habiliments, Of which if you should here disfurnish me, You take the sum and substance that I have.

Adversity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at IV, i)

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Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.

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

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Shall remain! Hear you this Triton of the minnows? Mark you His absolute 'shall'?

Authority Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at III, i)

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Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? . . . And the creature run from the cur. There thou mightst behold the great image of authority--a dog's obeyed in office.

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

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Those he commands move only in command, Nothing in live. Now does he feel his title Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe Upon a dwarfish thief.

Authority Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Angus at V, ii)

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Thus can the demigod Authority Make us pay down for our offense by weight The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will, On whom it will not, so: yet still 'tis just.

Authority Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Claudio at I, ii)

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Merciful heaven, Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak Than the soft myrtle; but man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured His glassy essence--like an angry ape Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens, would all themselves laugh mortal.

Authority Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

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He seems to be of great authority. Close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.

Authority Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Clown at IV, iv)

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I pray you all, If you have hitherto concealed this sight, Let it be tenable in your silence still. And whatsoever else shall hap to-night, Give it an understanding but no tongue.

Secrecy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, ii)

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But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.

Secrecy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

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Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say, Two may keep counsel, putting one away?

Secrecy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Nurse at II, iv)

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Take her, fair son, and from her blood raise up Issue to me, that the contending kingdoms Of France and England, whose very shores look pale With envy of each other's happiness, May cease their hatred, and this dear conjunction Plant neighborhood and Christian-like accord In their sweet bosoms, that never war advance His bleeding sword 'twixt England and fair France.

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Isabel, Queen of France at V, ii)

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O father Abram, what these Christians are, Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect The thoughts of others!

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)

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The Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind.

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)

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O Lorenzo, If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, Become a Christian and thy loving wife!

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Jessica at II, iii)

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