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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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That it may please you leave these sad designs To him that hath most cause to be a mourner, And presently repair to Crosby House; Where--after I have solemnly interred At Chertsey monast'ry with noble king-- And wet his grave with my repentant tears-- I will with all expedient duty see you.

Repentance Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at I, ii)

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Bravest at the last, She levelled at our purposes, and being royal, Took her own way.

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Octavius Caesar at V, ii)

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And the more pity that great folk should have count'nance in this world to drown or hang themselves more than their even-Christen.

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

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The houses he makes last till doomsday.

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

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The cowslips tall her pensioners be. In their gold coats spots you see: Those be rubies, fairy favors; In those freckles live their savors.

Cowslips Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fairy at II, i)

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A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye. In the most high and palmy state of Rome, A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets; As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; and the moist star Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Horatio at I, i)

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I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Glendower at III, i)

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Now it is the time of night That the graves, all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the churchway paths to glide.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck at V, i)

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O nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptred, When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, Since that the truest issue of thy throne By his own interdiction stands accursed And does blaspheme his breed?

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

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Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witch's mummy, maw and gulf Of the ravined salt-sea shark, Root of hemlock digged i' th' dark, Liver of blaspheming Jew, Gall of goat, and slips of yew Slivered in the moon's eclipse, Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips, Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-delivered by a drab Make the gruel thick and slab. Add there to a tiger's chaudron For th' ingredience of our cauldron.

Yew Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Third Witch at IV, i)

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A nun of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them.

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Celia at III, iv)

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The noble sister of Publicola, The moon of Rome, chaste as the icicle That's curded by the frost from purest snow And hangs on Dian's temple--dear Valeria!

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at V, iii)

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Me of my lawful pleasure she restrained And prayed me oft forbearance--did it with A pudency so rosy, the sweet view on't Might well have warmed old Saturn--that I thought her As chaste as unsunned snow.

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Posthumus at II, v)

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Remember, sir, my liege, The kings your ancestors, together with The natural bravery of your isle, which stands As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in With rocks unscalable and roaring waters, With sands that will not bear your enemies' boats But suck them up to th' topmast.

Islands Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Queen, wife to Cymbeline at III, i)

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Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself Till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.

Glory Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (Pucelle at I, ii)

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Like madness is the glory of this life As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.

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

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I thank you for your voices, thank you! Your most sweet voices! Now you have left your voices, I have no further with you.

Voice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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

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

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I grant you, friends, if you should fright the ladies out of their wits, they would have no more discretion but to hang us; but I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any suckling dove; I will roar you an 'twere any nightingale.

Voice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom at I, ii)

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O villain, thou hast stol'n both mine office and my name! The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle blame.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus at III, i)

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A murderer and a villain, A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe Of your precedent lord, a vice of kings, A cutpurse of the empire and the rule, That from a shelf the precious diadem stole And put it in his pocket--

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, iv)

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Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself Are much condemned to have an itching palm, To sell and mart your offices for gold To undeservers.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at IV, iii)

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A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at II, ii)

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Do villainy, do, since you protest to do't, Like workmen. I'll example you with thievery: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun; The sea's a thief, whose liquid surges resolves The moon into salt tears; the earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stol'n From gen'ral excrement.

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

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He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol'n, Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello at III, iii)

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