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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark When neither is attended; and I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. How many thing by season seasoned are To their right praise and true perfection!

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

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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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(Celia:) Here come Monsieur Le Beau. (Rosalind:) With his mouth full of news. (Celia:) Which he will put on us as pigeons feed their young. (Rosalind:) Then shall we be news-crammed.

Pigeons Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Celia & Rosalind at I, ii)

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Marry, by these special marks: first, you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms like a malcontent, to relish a love-song like a robin-redbreast, to walk alone like one that had the pestilence, to sigh like a schoolboy that had lost his A B C, to weep like a young wench that had buried her grandam, to fast like one that takes diet, to watch like one that fears robbing, to speak puling like a beggar at Hallowmas.

Robins Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed at II, i)

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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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So holy and so perfect is my love, And I in such a poverty of grace, That I shall think it a most plenteous crop To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps.

Harvest Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Silvius at III, v)

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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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There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip; Nay, her foot speaks.

Feet Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at IV, v)

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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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[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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