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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at III, i)

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The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.

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

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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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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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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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Who knows himself a braggart, Let him fear this; for it will come to pass That every braggart shall be found an ass.

Cowards Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)

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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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By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if me my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive.

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

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You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold.

Gold Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia & Gratiano at V, i)

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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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Fire that's closest kept burns most of all.

Fire Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lucetta at I, ii)

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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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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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Know my name is lost, By treason's tooth bare-gnawn and canker-bit; Yet am I noble as the adversary I come to cope.

Treason Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Edgar at V, iii)

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I had rather be a dog and bay the moon Than such a Roman.

Rome Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Brutus at IV, iii)

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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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If they perceive dissension in our looks And that within ourselves we disagree, How will their grudging stomachs be provoked To willfull disobedience, and rebel!

Dissension Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part I (King Henry at IV, i)

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O dearest soul, your cause doth strike my heart With pity that doth make me sick.

Cause Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Iachimo at I, vi)

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Mad let us grant him them, and now remains That we find out the cause of this effect-- Or rather say, the cause of this defect, For this effect defective comes by cause. Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.

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

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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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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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I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

Prison Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (King Richard at V, v)

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Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York; And all the clouds that lowered upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Summer Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at I, i)

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I am disgraced, impeached, and baffled here; Pierced to the soul with slander's venomed spear, The which no balm can cure but his heart-blood Which breathed this poison.

Slander Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Mowbray at I, i)

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