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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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I have seen the day of wrong through the little hole of discretion, and I will right myself like a soldier.

Discretion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Armado at V, ii)

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Nay, but do so then; and look you, he may come and go between you both; and in any case have a nay-word, that you may know one another's mind, and the boy never need to understand anything; for 'tis not good that children should know any wickedness. Old folks, you know, have discretion, as they say, and know the world.

Discretion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Quickly at II, ii)

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Let's teach ourselves that honorable stop, Not to outsport discretion.

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

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But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft Quenched in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon, And the imperial vot'ress passed on, In maiden meditation, fancy-free.

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

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He doth entreat your grace, my noble lord, To visit him to-morrow or next day: He is within, with two right reverend fathers, Divinely bent to meditation, And in no worldly suits would he be moved To draw him from his holy exercise.

Meditation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Catesby at III, vii)

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O Hamlet, speak no more. Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct.

Self-examination Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at III, iv)

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Because authority, though it err like others, Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself That skins the vice o' th' top; go to your bosom, Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know That's like my brother's fault; if it confess A natural guiltiness such as is his, Let it not sound a thought upon your tongue Against my brother's life.

Self-examination Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

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Sir, my circumstances, Being so near the truth as I will make them, Must first induce you to believe; whose strength I will confirm with oath, which I doubt not You'll give me leave to spare when you shall find You need it not.

Circumstance Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Iachimo at II, iv)

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To leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell Signior Lucentio that his father is come from Pisa and is here at the door to speak with him.

Circumstance Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio at V, i)

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O Hamlet, what a falling-off was there, From me, whose love was of that dignity That it went hand in hand even with the vow I made to her in marriage, and to decline Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor To those of mine!

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

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A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

Destiny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at IV, iii)

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Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away. O, that that earth which kept the world in awe Should patch a wall t' expel the winter's flaw!

Destiny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at V, i)

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Let Hercules himself do what he may, The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.

Destiny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at V, i)

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We shall be winnowed with so rough a wind That even our corn shall seem as light as chaff And good from bad find no partition.

Destiny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Mowbray at IV, i)

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Here burns my candle out; ay, here it dies, Which, whiles it lasted, gave King Henry light.

Destiny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Clifford at II, vi)

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Think you I bear the shears of destiny? Have I commandment on the pulse of life?

Destiny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (King John at IV, ii)

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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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