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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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'A took my father grossly, full of bread, With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May; And how his audit stands, who knows save heaven?

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

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No place indeed should murder sanctuarize; Revenge should have no bounds.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at IV, vii)

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O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at III, i)

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Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at II, ii)

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Erroneous vassals! the great King of Kings Hath in the table of his law commanded That thou shalt do no murder. Will you then Spurn at his edict, and fulfil a man's?

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Clarence at I, iv)

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O, how full of briers is this working-day world!

Work Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at I, iii)

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What work's, my countrymen, in hand? Where go you With bats and clubs? The matter? Speak, I pray you.

Work Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Menenius at I, i)

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I have had my labor for my travail; ill-thought-on of her, and ill-thought-on of you; gone between and between, but small thanks for my labor.

Work Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Pandarus at I, i)

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Another lean unwashed artificer Cuts off his tale and talks of Arthur's death.

Work Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Hubert at IV, ii)

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Why, universal plodding poisons up The nimble spirits in the arteries, As motion and long-during action tires The sinewy vigor of the traveller.

Work Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Berowne at IV, iii)

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Instinct is a great matter. I was now a coward on instinct.

Instinct Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Prince Henry at II, iv)

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And I, of ladies most deject and wretched, That sucked the honey of his music vows, Now see that noble and most sovereign reason Like sweet bells jangled, out of time and harsh, That unmatched form and feature of blown youth Blasted with ecstasy.

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

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Then get thee gone and dig my grave thyself, And bid the merry bells ring to thine ear That thou are crowned, not that I am dead.

Bells Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (King Henry at IV, v)

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I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart; but the saying is true, 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.'

Sound Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Boy at IV, v)

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What's the business, That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!

Sound Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth at II, iii)

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I'll never Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand As is a man were author of himself And knew no other kin.

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

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Fare you well, my lord, and believe this of me: there can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Lafew at II, v)

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(Cloten:) Thou villain base, Know'st me not by my clothes? (Guiderius:) No, nor thy tailor, rascal, Who is thy grandfather. He made those clothes, Which, as it seems, make thee.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cloten & Guiderius at IV, ii)

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Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy, For the apparel oft proclaims the man, And they in France of the best rank and station Are of a most select and generous chief in that.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)

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See where she comes, apparelled like the spring, Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Of every virtue gives renown to men!

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, i)

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