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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from human haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

Adversity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Duke Senior at II, i)

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O, it is excellent To have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.

Strength Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

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Robust grass endures mighty winds; loyal ministers emerge through ordeal.

Strength Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)

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Against self-slaughter There is a prohibition so divine That cravens my weak hand.

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Imogen at III, iv)

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You ever-gentle gods, take my breath from me; Let not my worser spirit tempt me again To die before you please.

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

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Good Gertrude, set some watch over your son.-- This grave shall have a living monument. An hour of quiet shortly shall we see; Till then in patience our proceeding be.

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

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The even mead, that erst brought sweetly forth The freckled cowslip, burnet, and green clover, Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, Conceives by idleness, and nothing teems But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burrs, Losing both beauty and utility.

Cowslips Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Burgundy at V, ii)

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Bleed, bleed, poor Country! Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dare not check thee; wear thou thy wrongs, The title is affeered!

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)

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But thou know'st this, 'Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.

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

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I knew him tyrannous; and tyrants' fears Decrease not, but grow faster than the years; And should he doubt it, as no doubt he doth, That I should open to the list'ning air How many worthy princes' bloods were shed To keep his bed of blackness unlaid ope, To lop that doubt, he'll fill this land with arms And make pretense of wrong that I have done him; When all, for mine, if I may call offense, Must feel war's blow, who spares not innocence; Which love to all, of which thyself art one, Who now reproved'st me for't--

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

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I thank you for your voices, thank you! Your most sweet voices! Now you have left your voices, I have no further with you.

Voice Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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We are oft to blame in this, 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion's visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The devil himself.

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

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So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue That, his apparent open guilt omitted-- I mean, his conversation with Shore's wife-- He lived from all attainder of suspects.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at III, v)

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Come like shadows, so depart!

Shadows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Witches at IV, i)

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Rebellion in this land shall lose his sway, Meeting the check of such another day; And since this business so fair is done, Let us not leave till all our own be won.

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

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Unthread the rude eye of rebellion, And welcome home again discarded faith.

Rebellion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Melun at V, iv)

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If but a dozen French Were there in arms, they would be as a call To train ten thousand English to their side, Or as a little snow, tumbled about, Anon becomes a mountain.

Snow Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Pandulph at III, iv)

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Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night; For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.

Snow Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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I'll never Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand As is a man were author of himself And knew no other kin.

Independence Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at V, iii)

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If you can look into the seeds of time And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favors nor your hate.

Independence Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Banquo at I, iii)

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I'll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me, God reward him. If I do grow great, I'll grow less; for I'll purge, and leave sack, and live cleanly, as a nobleman should do.

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

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Therefore doth heaven divide The state of man in divers functions, Setting endeavor in continual motion; To which is fixed as an aim or butt Obedience; for so work the honeybees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The act of order to a peopled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sorts, Where some like magistrates correct at home, Others like merchants venture trade abroad, Others like soldiers armed in their stings Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds, Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the tent-royal of their emperor, Who, busied in his majesties, surveys The singing masons building roofs of gold, The civil citizens kneading up the honey, The poor mechanic porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate, The sad-eyed justice with his surly hum Delivering o'er to executors pale The lazy yawning drone.

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

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Neither a borrower nor a lender be, For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulleth edge of husbandry.

Borrowing Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)

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Decrepit miser! base ignoble wretch! I am descended of a gentler blood. Thou art no father nor friend of mine.

Misers Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (Pucelle at V, iv)

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O Ceremony, show me but thy worth? What is thy soul of adoration? Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form, Creating awe and fear in other men?

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

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