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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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O that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, Or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, ii)

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They have tied me to a stake. I cannot fly, But bear-like I must fight the course.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at V, vii)

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O, break, my heart! poor bankrout, break at once! To prison, eyes; ne'er look on liberty! Vile earth, to earth resign; end motion here, And thou and Romeo press one heavy bier!

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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Discomfort guides my tongue And bids me speak of nothing but despair.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Salisbury at III, ii)

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But, O thou tyrant, Do not repent these things, for they are heavier Than all thy woes can stir. Therefore betake thee To nothing but despair.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Paulina at III, ii)

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He who has never hoped can never despair.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Paulina at III, ii)

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We have scorched the snake, not killed it. She'll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former tooth.

Failure Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, ii)

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When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within a hour; and pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befell!

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Oliver at IV, iii)

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Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart, or in the head? How begot, how nourished? Reply, reply. It is engend'red in the eyes, With gazing fed, and fancy dies In the cradle where it lies.

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Song at III, ii)

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So full of shapes is fancy That it alone is high fantastical.

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i)

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Let fancy still in my sense in Lethe steep; If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Sebastian at IV, i)

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The birds chaunt melody on every bush, The snake lies rolled in the cheerful sun, The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind, And make a checkered shadow on the ground; Under their sweet shade, Aaron, let us sit, And whilst the babbling echo mocks the hounds, Replying shrilly to the well-tuned horns, As if a double hunt were heard at once, Let us sit down and mark their yellowing noise; And after conflict such as was supposed The wand'ring prince and Dido once enjoyed, When with a happy storm they were surprised, And curtained with a counsel-keeping cave, We may, each wreathed in the other's arms, Our pastimes done, possess a golden slumber, Whiles hounds and horns and sweet melodious birds Be unto us as is a nurse's song Of lullaby to bring her babe asleep.

Shadows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at II, iii)

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By the apostle Paul, shadows to-night Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers Armed in proof and led by shallow Richmond.

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

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He was indeed the glass Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.

Example Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Lady Percy at II, iii)

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I have shot mine arrow o'er the house And hurt my brother.

Accident Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at V, ii)

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Of moving accidents by flood and field.

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

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Therefore I say again I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul Refuse you for my judge, whom yet once more I hold my most malicious for and think not At all a friend to truth.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at II, iv)

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Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge That no king can corrupt.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at III, i)

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O, let her brother live: Thieves for the robbery have authority When judges steal themselves.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, ii)

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He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying Than by self-offenses weighing. Shame to him whose cruel striking Kills for faults of his own liking.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Vincentio, the Duke at III, ii)

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To offend and judge are distinct offices, And of opposed natures.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at II, ix)

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It doth appear you are a worthy judge; You know the law, your exposition Hath been most sound.

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

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O God! methinks it were a happy life To be no better than a homely swain; To sit upon a hill, as I do now, To carve out dials, quaintly, point by point, Thereby to see the minutes, how they run-- How many makes the hour full complete, How many hours brings about the day, How many days will finish up the year, How many years a mortal man may live; When this is known, then to divide the times-- So many hours must I tend my flock, So many hours must I take my rest, So many hours must I contemplate, So many hours must I sport myself; So many days my ewes have been with young, So many weeks ere the poor fools will ean, So many months ere I shall shear the fleece. So minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, Passed over to the end they were created, Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave. Ah, what a life were this!

Sun dial mottoes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (King Henry at II, iii)

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Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school: and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper mill.

Printing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Jack Cade at IV, vii)

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O that I were a mockery king of snow, Standing before the sun of Bolingbroke To melt myself away in water drops!

Snow Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (King Richard at IV, i)

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