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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Let fancy still in my sense in Lethe steep; If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Sebastian at IV, i)

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The birds chaunt melody on every bush, The snake lies rolled in the cheerful sun, The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind, And make a checkered shadow on the ground; Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit, And whilst the babbling echo mocks the hounds, Replying shrilly to the well-tuned horns, As if a double hunt were heard at once, Let us sit down and mark their yellowing noise; And after conflict such as was supposed The wand'ring prince and Dido once enjoyed, When with a happy storm they were surprised, And curtained with a counsel-keeping cave, We may, each wreathed in the other's arms, Our pastimes done, possess a golden slumber, Whiles hounds and horns and sweet melodious birds Be unto us as is a nurse's song Of lullaby to bring her babe asleep.

Shadows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at II, iii)

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By the apostle Paul, shadows to-night Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers Armed in proof and led by shallow Richmond.

Shadows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at V, iii)

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He was indeed the glass Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.

Example Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lady Percy at II, iii)

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I have shot mine arrow o'er the house And hurt my brother.

Accident Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at V, ii)

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Of moving accidents by flood and field.

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

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Therefore I say again I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge, whom yet once more I hold my most malicious for and think not At all a friend to truth.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at II, iv)

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Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge That no king can corrupt.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at III, i)

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O, let her brother live: Thieves for the robbery have authority When judges steal themselves.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

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He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying Than by self-offenses weighing. Shame to him whose cruel striking Kills for faults of his own liking.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Vincentio, the Duke at III, ii)

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To offend and judge are distinct offices, And of opposed natures.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at II, ix)

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It doth appear you are a worthy judge; You know the law, your exposition Hath been most sound.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at IV, i)

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O God! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain; To sit upon a hill, as I do now, To carve out dials, quaintly, point by point, Thereby to see the minutes, how they run-- How many makes the hour full complete, How many hours brings about the day, How many days will finish up the year, How many years a mortal man may live; When this is known, then to divide the times-- So many hours must I tend my flock, So many hours must I take my rest, So many hours must I contemplate, So many hours must I sport myself; So many days my ewes have been with young, So many weeks ere the poor fools will ean, So many months ere I shall shear the fleece. So minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, Passed over to the end they were created, Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. Ah, what a life were this!

Sun dial mottoes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (King Henry at II, iii)

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Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school: and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper mill.

Printing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Jack Cade at IV, vii)

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O that I were a mockery king of snow, Standing before the sun of Bolingbroke To melt myself away in water drops!

Snow Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (King Richard at IV, i)

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Lawn as white as driven snow, Cyprus black as e'er was crow, Gloves as sweet as damask roses, Masks for faces and for noses, Bugle bracelet, necklace amber, Perfume for a lady's chamber, Golden quoifs and stomachers For my lads to give their dears, Pins and poking-sticks of steel, What maids lack from head to heel.

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

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Some book there is that she desires to see. Which is it, girl, of these? Open them, boy. But thou art deeper read and better skilled: Come and take choice of all my library, And so beguile thy sorrow, till the heavens Reveal the damned contriver of this deed.

Libraries Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Titus at IV, i)

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It fits us therefore ripely Our chariots and our horsemen be in readiness.

Livery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cymbeline at III, v)

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Come, my coach! Good night, ladies, good night. Sweet ladies, good night, good night.

Livery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ophelia at IV, v)

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Nay, 'tis in a manner done already; For many carriages he hath dispatched To the seaside, and put his cause and quarrel To the disposing of the cardinal; With whom yourself, myself, and other lords, If you think meet, this afternoon will post To consummate this business happily.

Livery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Salisbury at V, vii)

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But come, I'll tell thee all my whole device When I am in my coach, which stays for us At the park gate; and therefore haste away, For we must measure twenty miles to-day.

Livery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at III, iv)

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For the poor wren (The most diminutive of birds) will fight, Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.

Wrens Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Lady Macduff at IV, ii)

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Give me the cups, And let the kettle to the trumpet speak, The trumpet to the cannoneer without, The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to earth, 'Now the king drinks to Hamlet.'

Toasts Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at V, ii)

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Hold, there is forty ducats. Let me have A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear As will disperse itself through all the veins That the life-weary taker may fall dead, And that the trunk may be discharged of breath As violently as hasty powder fired Doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb.

Poison Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at V, i)

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For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at II, ii)

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