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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Alas! sir, In what have I offended you? What cause Hath my behaviour given to your displeasure?

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Queen Katharine at II, iv)

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Then westward ho! Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Viola at III, i)

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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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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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What are these, So withered and so wild in their attire That took not like th' inhabitants o' th' earth And yet are on't?

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Banquo at I, 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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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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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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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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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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I will go wash; And when my face is fair, you shall perceive Whether I blush or no.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at I, ix)

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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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Though those that are betrayed Do feel the treason sharply, yet the traitor Stands in worse case of woe.

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

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O God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times Make mountains level. and the continent, Weary of solid firmness, melt itself Into the sea!

Revolution Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (King Henry at III, i)

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Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind As man's ingratitude: Thy tooth is not so keen, Because thou art not seen, Although thy breath be rude.

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Amiens at II, vii)

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This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitor's arms, Quite vanquished him. Then burst his mighty heart; And in his mantle muffling up his face, Even at the base of Pompey's statue (Which all the while ran blood) great Caesar fell.

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

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What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?

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

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