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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light; . . .

Footsteps Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Venus and Adonis (l. 1,028)

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Omission to do what is necessary Seals a commission to a blank of danger; And danger, like an ague, subtly taints Even then when we sit idly in the sun.

Necessity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Patroclus at III, iii)

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I had rather be a dog and bay the moon Than such a Roman.

Rome Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at IV, iii)

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May be he is not well. Infirmity doth neglect all office Whereto our health is bound.

Health Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)

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How he in peace is wounded, not in war.

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Rape of Lucrece (l. 831)

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He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

Wounds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at II, ii)

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Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!

Language Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Kent at II, ii)

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If they perceive dissension in our looks And that within ourselves we disagree, How will their grudging stomachs be provoked To willfull disobedience, and rebel!

Dissension Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (King Henry at IV, i)

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Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous when thou show'st thee in a child Than the sea-monster.

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at I, iv)

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I hate ingratitude more in a man Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, Or any taint of vie whose strong corruption Inhabits our frail blood.

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Viola at III, iv)

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No, 'tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds and doth belie All corners of the world. Kings, queens. and states, Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters.

Slander Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Pisanio at III, iv)

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Foul whisp'rings are abroad.

Gossip Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Doctor of Physic at V, i)

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(Salerio:) . . . if my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word. (Solanio:) I would she were as lying a gossip in that as ever knapped ginger or made her neighbors believe she wept for the death of a third husband.

Gossip Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Salerio & Solanio at III, i)

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And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.

Listening Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at IV, i)

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I heard a bird so sing, Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.

Birds Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lancaster at V, v)

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When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk.

Hawks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Dauphin at III, vii)

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When all aloud the wind doth blow, And coughing drowns the parson's saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow, And Marian's nose looks red and raw, When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-who; Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

Owls Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Winter at V, ii)

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Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock--a stride and a stand; ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out'; and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking.

Peacocks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at III, iii)

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Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue--the swan's down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Antony at III, ii)

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Methinks a father Is at the nuptial of his son a guest That best becomes the table.

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

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The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne, Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold; Purple the sails, and so perfumed that The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver, Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made The water which they beat to follow faster, As amorous of their strokes.

Boating Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Enobarbus at II, ii)

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I do not hate a proud man, as I do hate the engendering of toads.

Pride Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ajax at II, iii)

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She bears a duke's revenues on her back, And in her heart she scorns our poverty.

Pride Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Margaret, Queen to King Henry at I, iii)

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Beware the ides of March.

March Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Soothsayer at I, ii)

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If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue.

Acting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at epilogue)

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