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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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The cowslips tall her pensioners be. In their gold coats spots you see: Those be rubies, fairy favors; In those freckles live their savors.

Cowslips Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fairy at II, i)

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A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye. In the most high and palmy state of Rome, A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets; As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; and the moist star Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Horatio at I, i)

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I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Glendower at III, i)

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Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf, Witch's mummy, maw and gulf Of the ravined salt-sea shark, Root of hemlock digged i' th' dark, Liver of blaspheming Jew, Gall of goat, and slips of yew Slivered in the moon's eclipse, Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips, Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-delivered by a drab Make the gruel thick and slab. Add there to a tiger's chaudron For th' ingredience of our cauldron.

Yew Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Third Witch at IV, i)

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A nun of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them.

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Celia at III, iv)

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The noble sister of Publicola, The moon of Rome, chaste as the icicle That's curded by the frost from purest snow And hangs on Dian's temple--dear Valeria!

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at V, iii)

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Me of my lawful pleasure she restrained And prayed me oft forbearance--did it with A pudency so rosy, the sweet view on't Might well have warmed old Saturn--that I thought her As chaste as unsunned snow.

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Posthumus at II, v)

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Remember, sir, my liege, The kings your ancestors, together with The natural bravery of your isle, which stands As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in With rocks unscalable and roaring waters, With sands that will not bear your enemies' boats But suck them up to th' topmast.

Islands Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Queen, wife to Cymbeline at III, i)

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Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself Till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.

Glory Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (Pucelle at I, ii)

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Her voice was ever soft, Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.

Voice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at V, iii)

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I grant you, friends, if you should fright the ladies out of their wits, they would have no more discretion but to hang us; but I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any suckling dove; I will roar you an 'twere any nightingale.

Voice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom at I, ii)

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O villain, thou hast stol'n both mine office and my name! The one ne'er got me credit, the other mickle blame.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus at III, i)

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A murderer and a villain, A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe Of your precedent lord, a vice of kings, A cutpurse of the empire and the rule, That from a shelf the precious diadem stole And put it in his pocket--

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, iv)

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A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at II, ii)

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Do villainy, do, since you protest to do't, Like workmen. I'll example you with thievery: The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun; The sea's a thief, whose liquid surges resolves The moon into salt tears; the earth's a thief, That feeds and breeds by a composture stol'n From gen'ral excrement.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at IV, iii)

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But now will canker sorrow eat my bud And chase the native beauty from his cheek, And he will look as hollow as a ghost, As dim and meagre as an ague's fit, And so he'll die; and rising so again, When I shall meet him in the court of heaven I shall not know him.

Meeting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Constance at III, iv)

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When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Meeting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (First Witch at I, i)

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I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool.

Oysters Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick at II, iii)

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Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.

Darkness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander at I, i)

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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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