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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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When all aloud the wind doth blow, And coughing drowns the parson's saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow, And Marian's nose looks red and raw, When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-who; Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

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

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Why, 'a stalks up and down like a peacock--a stride and a stand; ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning; bites his lip with a politic regard, as who should say, 'There were wit in this head an 'twould out'; and so there is, but it lies as coldly in him as fire in a flint, which will not show without knocking.

Peacocks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Thersites at III, iii)

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Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue--the swan's down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Antony at III, ii)

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I will play the swan, And die in music.

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

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Methinks a father Is at the nuptial of his son a guest That best becomes the table.

Guests Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Polixenes at IV, iv)

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See, your guests approach. Address yourself to entertain them sprightly, And let's be red with mirth.

Guests Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (Florizel at IV, iv)

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I do not hate a proud man, as I do hate the engendering of toads.

Pride Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ajax at II, iii)

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She bears a duke's revenues on her back, And in her heart she scorns our poverty.

Pride Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Margaret, Queen to King Henry at I, iii)

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Beware the ides of March.

March Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Soothsayer at I, ii)

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If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue.

Acting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Rosalind at epilogue)

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We are not ourselves When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind To suffer with the body.

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

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To be, or not to be--that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep-- No more--and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to.

Doubt Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, i)

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Henceforth, I'll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, 'Enough, enough, and die.'

Affliction Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Gloucester at IV, vi)

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Sweet recreation barred, what doth ensue But moody and dull melancholy, Kinsman to a grim and comfortless despair, And at her heels a huge infectious troop Of pale distemperatures and foes to life?

Misery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Lady Abbess at V, i)

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Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks, but I thank you; and sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear a halfpenny.

Beggary Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at II, ii)

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It needs not nor it boots thee not, proud queen, Unless the adage must be verified, That beggars mounted run their horse to death.

Beggary Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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Not that I have the power to clutch my hand When his fair angels would salute by palm, But for my hand, as unattempted yet, Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich. Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail And say there is no sin but to be rich; And being rich, my virtue then shall be To say there is no vice but beggary.

Beggary Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Bastard at II, i)

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I see, sir, you are liberal in offers. You taught me first to beg, and now methinks You teach me how a beggar should be answered.

Beggary Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at IV, i)

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Open thy gate of mercy, gracious God, My soul flies through these wounds to seek out thee.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

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Lord, what fools these mortals be.

Fools Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Oft expectation fails and most oft there Where most it promises, and oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.

Disappointments Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

Excuses Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The silence often of pure innocence Persuades when speaking fails.

Innocence Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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I think the King is but a man as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me.

Kings Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Have more than thou showest,Speak less than thou knowest.

Economy Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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