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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Hoy-day! What a sweep of vanity comes this way!

Vanity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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Where doth the world thrust forth a vanity (So it be new, there's no respect how vile) That is not quickly buzzed into his ears?

Vanity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (York at II, i)

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Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none. My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites: How in my words somever she be shent, To give them seals never, my soul, consent!

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

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Away, and mock the time with fairest show; False face must hide what the false heart doth khow.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at I, vii)

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O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?

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

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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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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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