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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin; For to deny each article with oath Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception That I do groan withal. Thou art to die.

Confession Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello at V, ii)

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What you have said I will consider; what you have to say I will with patience hear, and find a time Both meet to hear and answer such high things.

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

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Yea, at that very moment Consideration like an angel came And whipped th' offending Adam out of him, Leaving his body as a paradise T' envelop and contain celestial spirits.

Consideration Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Canterbury at I, i)

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When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, 'tis much to draw them thence, So sweet is zealous contemplation.

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

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Contemplation makes a rare turkey cock of him. How he jets under his advanced plumes!

Contemplation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Fabian at II, v)

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The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life.

Discretion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Falstaff at V, iv)

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Question your grace the late ambassadors, With what great state he heard their embassy, How well supplied with noble counsellors, How modest in exception, and withal How terrible in constant resolution, And you shall find his vanities forespent Were but the outside of the Roman Brutus, Covering discretion with a coat of folly; As gardeners do with ordure hide those roots That shall first spring and be most delicate.

Discretion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Constable at II, iv)

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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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