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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing. 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed.

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

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But now will canker sorrow eat my bud And chase the native beauty from his cheek, And he will look as hollow as a ghost, As dim and meagre as an ague's fit, And so he'll die; and rising so again, When I shall meet him in the court of heaven I shall not know him.

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

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When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Meeting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (First Witch at I, i)

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I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool.

Oysters Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick at II, iii)

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Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.

Darkness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander at I, i)

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The charm dissolves apace; And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.

Darkness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Prospero at V, i)

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Hoy-day! What a sweep of vanity comes this way!

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

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Where doth the world thrust forth a vanity (So it be new, there's no respect how vile) That is not quickly buzzed into his ears?

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

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We are oft to blame in this, 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The devil himself.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ophelia at III, i)

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