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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown When judges have been babes; great floods have flown From simple sources, and great seas have dried When miracles have by the greatest been denied.

Results Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Helena at II, i)

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Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings, but I say 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mind own man since.

Results Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Cade at IV, ii)

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How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell; Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.

Results Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Albany at I, iv)

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Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.

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

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Thou marvell'st at my words, but hold thee still; Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.

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

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To apprehend thus Draws us a profit from all things we see, And often, to our comfort, shall we find The sharded beetle in a safer hold Than is the full-winged eagle.

Beetles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Belarius at III, iii)

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The sense of death is most in apprehension, And the poor beetle that we tread upon In corporal sufferance finds a pang as great As when a giant dies.

Beetles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at III, i)

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The sense of death is most in apprehension.

Beetles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at III, i)

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The glowworm shows the matin to be near And gins to pale his uneffectual fire.

Glowworms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

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O Regan, she hath tied Sharp-toothed unkindness, like a vulture, here.

Unkindness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)

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In nature there's no blemish but the mind; None can be called deformed but the unkind.

Unkindness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth night, or, What You Will (Antonio at III, iv)

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That were to blow at fire in hope to quench it; For who digs hills because they do aspire Throws down one mountain to cast up a higher.

Mountains Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Dionyza at I, iv)

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The mountain was in labour, and Jove was afraid, but it brought forth a mouse.

Mountains Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Dionyza at I, iv)

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So shall you hear Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause, And, in this upshot, purposes mistook Fall'n on th' inventors' heads.

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

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Ah, poor our sex! this fault in us I find, The error of our eye directs our mind. What error leads must error.

Errors Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Cressida at V, ii)

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This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist and the armipotent soldier.

Linguists Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Second Lord at IV, iii)

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But those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but for mine own part, if was Greek to me.

Linguists Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Casca at I, ii)

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Away with him, away with him! He speaks Latin.

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

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O, good my lord, no Latin! I am not such a truant since my coming As not to know the language I have lived in. A strnage tongue makes my cause more strnage, suspicious. Pray speak in English.

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

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He plays o' th' viol-de-gamboys, and speaks three or four languages word for word without book, and hath all the good gifts of nature.

Linguists Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at I, iii)

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But to the purpose--for we cite our faults That they may hold excused our lawless lives; And partly, seeing you are beautified With goodly shape, and by your own report A linguist, and a man of such perfection As we do in our quality much want--

Linguists Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (First Outlaw at IV, i)

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I have marked A thousand blushing apparitions To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames In angel whiteness beat away those blushes, And in her eye there hath appeared a fire To burn the errors that these princes hold Against her maiden truth.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Friar Francis at IV, i)

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His kindled duty kindled her mistrust, That two red fires in both faces blazed. She thought he blushed as knowing Tarquin's lust, And, blushing with him, wistly on him gazed; Her earnest eye did make him more amazed.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Rape of Lucrece (l. 1,352)

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Where now I have no one to blush with me, To cross their arms and hang their heads with mine, To mask their brows and hide their infamy; But I alone, alone must sit and pine, Seasoning the earth with show'rs of silver brine, Mingling my talk with tears, my grief with groans, Poor wasting monuments of lasting moans.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Rape of Lucrece (l. 792)

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You souls of geese, That bear the shapes of men, how have you run From slaves that apes would men!

Cowards Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Marcius at I, iv)

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