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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart; but the saying is true, 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.'

Sound Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Boy at IV, v)

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What's the business, That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley The sleepers of the house? Speak, speak!

Sound Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth at II, iii)

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Fare you well, my lord, and believe this of me: there can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Lafew at II, v)

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(Cloten:) Thou villain base, Know'st me not by my clothes? (Guiderius:) No, nor thy tailor, rascal, Who is thy grandfather. He made those clothes, Which, as it seems, make thee.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cloten & Guiderius at IV, ii)

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Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy, For the apparel oft proclaims the man, And they in France of the best rank and station Are of a most select and generous chief in that.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)

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See where she comes, apparelled like the spring, Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Of every virtue gives renown to men!

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, i)

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So tedious is this day As is the night before some festival To an impatient child that hath new robes And may not wear them.

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

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And now, my honey love, Will we return unto thy father's house And revel it as bravely as the best, With silken coats and caps and golden rings, With ruffs and cuffs and farthingales and things; With scarfs and fans and double change of brav'ry, With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knav'ry.

Apparel Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio at IV, iii)

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He will come to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a color she abhors, and cross-gartered, a fashion she detests; and he will smile upon her, which will now be so unsuitable to her disposition, being addicted to a melancholy as she is, that it cannot but turn him into a notable contempt.

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

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The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword, Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state, The glass of fashion and the mould of form, Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite down!

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

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You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only I do not like the fashion of your garments.

Fashion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at III, vi)

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Death my lord, Their clothes are after such a pagan cut to 't That sure th' have worn out Christendom.

Fashion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Chamberlain at I, iii)

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All this I see; and I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man. But art not thou thyself giddy with the fashion too, that thou hast shifted out of thy tale into telling me of the fashion?

Fashion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Conrade at III, iii)

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I'll be at charges for a looking-glass And entertain a score or two of tailors To study fashions to adorn my body: Since I am crept in favor with myself, I will maintain it with some little cost.

Fashion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at I, ii)

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Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.

Fashion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at I, ii)

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This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeits of our own behavior, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star.

Foppery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Edmund at I, ii)

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He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat; it ever changes with the next block.

Hatters Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice at I, i)

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I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.

Hatters Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice at I, i)

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I see, the jewel best enamelled Will lose his beauty; yet the gold bides still That others touch, and often touching will Wear gold; and no man that hath a name, By falsehood and corruption doth it shame.

Jewels Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at II, i)

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'Tis plate of rare device and jewels Of rich and exquisite form, their values great, And I am something curious, being strange, To have them in sale stowage.

Jewels Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Iachimo at I, vi)

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Take that life, beseech you, Which I so often owe; but your ring first, And here the bracelet of the truest princess That ever swore her faith.

Jewels Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Iachimo at V, v)

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A woman that is like a German clock, Still a-repairing, ever out of frame, And never going aright, being a watch, But being watched that it may still go right!

Jewels Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Berowne at III, i)

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(Cloten:) Thou villain base, Know'st me not by my clothes? (Guiderius:) No, nor thy tailor, rascal, Who is thy grandfather. He made those clothes, Which, as it seems, make thee.

Tailors Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cloten & Guiderius at IV, ii)

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(Cornwall:) Thou art a strange fellow. A tailor make a man? (Kent:) A tailor, sir. A stonecutter or a painter could not have made him ill, though they had been but two years o' th' trade.

Tailors Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Cornwall & Kent at II, ii)

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Thy gown? Why, ay--come, tailor, let us see't. O mercy, God, what masquing stuff is there? What's this, a sleeve? 'Tis like a demi-cannon. What, up and down carved like an apple tart? Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash, Like to a censer in a barber's shop. Why, what's a devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?

Tailors Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio at IV, iii)

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