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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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We are not ourselves When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind To suffer with the body.

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

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Many a time and oft Have you climbed up to walls and battlements, To tow'rs and windows, yea, to chimney tops, Your infants in your arms, and there have sat The livelong day, with patient expectation, To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Marullus at I, i)

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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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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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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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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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Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks, but I thank you; and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear a halfpenny.

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

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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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