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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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Bravest at the last, She levelled at our purposes, and being royal, Took her own way.

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Octavius Caesar at V, 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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Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life Cuts off so many years of fearing death.

Suicide Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Casca at III, i)

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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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There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave To tell us this.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Horatio at I, v)

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Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee! I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable As this which now I draw.

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at II, i)

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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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Yet thanks I must you con That you are thieves professed, that you work not In holier shapes; for there is boundless theft In limited professions.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at IV, iii)

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He that is robbed, not wanting what is stol'n, Let him not know't, and he's not robbed at all.

Thieving Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello at III, 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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O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Vincentio, the Duke at III, 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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Some there be that shadows kiss; Such have but a shadow's bliss.

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

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Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge That no king can corrupt.

Judges Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Katherine at III, 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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