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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Promising is the very air o' th' time; it opens the eyes of expectation. Performance is ever duller for his act; and, but in the plainer and simpler kind of people, the deed of saying is quite out of use. To promise is most courtly and fashionable; performance is a kind of will or testament which argues a great sickness in his judgment that makes it.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Painter at V, i)

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[F]ew things loves better Than to abhor himself-- . . .

Abhorrence Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Poet at I, i)

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To be, or not to be--that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep-- No more--and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to.

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

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Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.

Doubt Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Lucio at I, iv)

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Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; The thief doth fear each bush an officer.

Suspicion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Richard, Duke of Gloucester at V, vi)

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And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.

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

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Give me that man That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee.

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

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Henceforth, I'll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, 'Enough, enough, and die.'

Affliction Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Gloucester at IV, vi)

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Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue But moody and dull melancholy, Kinsman to a grim and comfortless despair, And at her heels a huge infectious troop Of pale distemperatures and foes to life?

Misery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Lady Abbess at V, i)

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It needs not nor it boots thee not, proud queen, Unless the adage must be verified, That beggars mounted run their horse to death.

Beggary Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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Not that I have the power to clutch my hand When his fair angels would salute by palm, But for my hand, as unattempted yet, Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich. Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail And say there is no sin but to be rich; And being rich, my virtue then shall be To say there is no vice but beggary.

Beggary Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Bastard at II, i)

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I see, sir, you are liberal in offers. You taught me first to beg, and now methinks You teach me how a beggar should be answered.

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

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Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so; Pardon is still the nurse of second woe.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Escalus at II, i)

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Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Escalus, Prince of Verona at III, i)

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When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall, then winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms makes men expect a dearth.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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O Lord! methought what pain it was to drown! What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears! What sights of ugly death within mine eyes! Methoughts I saw a thousand fearful wracks; A thousand men that fishes gnawed upon; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scatt'red in the bottom of the sea: Some lay in dead men's skulls, and in the holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept (As 'twere in scorn of eyes) reflecting gems, That wooed the slimy bottom of the deep And mocked the dead bones that lay scatt'red by.

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

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Lie thou there; for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling.

Trout Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Maria at II, v)

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If thou dost slander her and torture me, Never pray more; abandon all remorse; On horror's head horrors accumulate; Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed; For nothing canst thou to damnation add Greater than that.

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

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A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

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

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And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

Excuses Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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I think the King is but a man as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me.

Kings Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.

Medicine Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Kings are earth's gods; in vice their law's their will.

Royalty Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

Conversation Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Have more than thou showest,Speak less than thou knowest.

Economy Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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