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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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If it be aught toward the general good, Set honor in one eye and death i' th' other, And I will look on both indifferently; For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than I fear death.

Choice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at I, ii)

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Which of them shall I take? Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoyed, If both remain alive. To take the widow Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; And hardly shall I carry out my side, Her husband being alive.

Choice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Edmund at V, i)

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I will not choose what many men desire, Because I will not jump with common spirits And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.

Choice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Arragon at II, ix)

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Preferment goes by letter and affection, And not by old gradation, where each second Stood heir to th's first.

Choice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at I, i)

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Preferment goes by letter and affection.

Choice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at I, i)

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The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre Observe degree, priority, and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office, and custom, in all line of order.

Order Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at I, iii)

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Not a mouse Shall disturb this hallowed house. I am sent, with broom, before, To sweep the dust behind the door.

Order Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck at V, i)

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It is a pretty mocking of the life.

Satire Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Painter at I, i)

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Mine eyes Were not in fault, for she was beautiful; Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming. It had been vicious To have mistrusted her.

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

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Nay, do not think I flatter. For what advancement may I hope from thee, That no revenue hast but thy good spirits To feed and clothe thee? Why should the poor be flattered? No, let the candied tongue like absurd pomp, And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee Where thrift may follow fawning.

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

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If he be so resolved, I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betrayed with trees And bears with glasses, elephants with holes, Lions with toils, and men with flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Decius at II, i)

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By God, I cannot flatter, I do defy The tongues of soothers! but a braver place In my heart's love hath no man than yourself. Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at IV, i)

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What drink'st thou oft, instead of homage sweet, But poisoned flattery?

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, i)

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O that men's ears should be To counsel deaf but not to flattery!

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

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They do not abuse the king that flatter him. For flattery is the bellows blows up sin; The thing the which is flattered, but a spark To which that blast gives heat and stronger glowing; Whereas reproof, obedient and in order, Fits kings as they are men, for they may err.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Helicanus at I, ii)

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Take no repulse, whatever she doth say; For 'get you gone,' she doth not mean 'away.' Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces; Though ne'er so black, say they have angels' faces. That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at III, i)

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Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times. And now how abhorred in my imagination it is!

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

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Jesters do oft prove prophets.

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

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A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.

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

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(Andrew:) I am not such an ass but I can keep my hand dry. But what's your jest? (Maria:) A dry jest, sir. (Andrew:) Are you full of them? (Maria:) Ay, sir, I have them at my fingers' ends. Marry, now I let go your hand, I am barren.

Jesting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Andrew & Maria at I, iii)

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Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius, Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.

Hearing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at II, i)

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Friends, Romans countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

Hearing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at III, ii)

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Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear.

Hearing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at III, ii)

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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.

Echo Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at II, iii)

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All gold and silver rather turn to dirt, An 'tis no better reckoned but of these Who worship dirty gods.

Wealth Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Arviragus at III, vi)

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