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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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I never heard a passion so confused, So strange, outrageous, and so variable As the dog Jew did utter in the streets: 'My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter! Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!'

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

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He tells me flatly there's no mercy for me in heaven because I am a Jew's daughter; and he says you are no good member of the commonwealth, for in converting Jews to Christians you raise the price of pork.

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

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This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs; if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Launcelot at III, v)

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It is spoke as a Christians ought to speak.

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Evans at I, i)

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A virtuous and a Christianlike conclusion-- To pray for them that have done scathe to us.

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Rivers at I, iii)

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Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has.

Christianity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Andrew at I, iii)

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The benediction of these covering heavens Fall on their heads like dew, for they are worthy To inlay heaven with stars.

Blessings Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Belarius at V, v)

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Gard'ner, for telling me these news of woe, Pray God the plants thou graft'st may never grow.

Growth Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Queen at III, iv)

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'Ay,' quoth my uncle Gloucester, 'Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow apace.' And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast, Because sweet flow'rs are slow and weeds make haste.

Growth Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (York at II, iv)

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O, my lord, You said that idle weeds are fast in growth: The prince my brother hath outgrown me far.

Growth Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (York at III, i)

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In that day's feats, When he might act the woman in the scene, He prov'd best man i' th' field, and for his meed Was brow-bound with the oak.

Strength Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Cominius at II, ii)

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What then? What rests? Try what repentance can. What can it not? Yet what can it when one cannot repent? O wretched state? O bosom black as death! O limed soul, that struggling to be free Art more engaged!

Repentance Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, iii)

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Well, I'll repent, and that suddenly, while I am in some liking. I shall be out of heart shortly, and then I shall have no strength to repent.

Repentance Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at III, iii)

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Under your good correction, I have seen When, after execution, judgment hath Repented o'er his doom.

Repentance Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Provost at II, ii)

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