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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none. My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites: How in my words somever she be shent, To give them seals never, my soul, consent!

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

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Away, and mock the time with fairest show; False face must hide what the false heart doth khow.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at I, vii)

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O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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O that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.

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

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They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But bear-like I must fight the course.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at V, vii)

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O, break, my heart! poor bankrout, break at once! To prison, eyes; ne'er look on liberty! Vile earth, to earth resign; end motion here, And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier!

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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Discomfort guides my tongue And bids me speak of nothing but despair.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Salisbury at III, ii)

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But, O thou tyrant, Do not repent these things, for they are heavier Than all thy woes can stir. Therefore betake thee To nothing but despair.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Paulina at III, ii)

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He who has never hoped can never despair.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Paulina at III, ii)

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We have scorched the snake, not killed it. She'll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth.

Failure Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, ii)

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When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within a hour; and pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befell!

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Oliver at IV, iii)

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