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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Marry, by these special marks: first, you have learned, like Sir Proteus, to wreathe your arms like a malcontent, to relish a love-song like a robin-redbreast, to walk alone like one that had the pestilence, to sigh like a schoolboy that had lost his A B C, to weep like a young wench that had buried her grandam, to fast like one that takes diet, to watch like one that fears robbing, to speak puling like a beggar at Hallowmas.

Robins Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed at II, i)

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We bodged again, as I have been a swan With bootless labor swim against the tide And spend her strength with overmatching waves.

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

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I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan, Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death, And from the organ-pipe of fraity sings His soul and body to their lasting rest.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Prince Henry at V, vii)

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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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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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Be it not in thy care. Go, I charge thee, invite them all; let in the tide Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.

Hospitality Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Timon at III, iv)

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All furnished, all in arms; All plum'd like estridges that with the wind Bated like eagles having lately bathed; Glittering in golden coats like images; As full of spirit as the month of May And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer; Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Vernon at IV, ii)

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More matter for a May morning.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Fabian at III, iv)

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Like the lily That once was mistress of the field and flourished, I'll hang my head and perish.

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

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It may do good; pride hath no other glass To show itself but pride, for supple knees Feed arrogance and are the proud man's fees.

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

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I dote on his very absence, and I wish them a fair departure.

Absence Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)

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I would I had some flowers o' th' spring that might Become your time of day, and yours, and yours, That wear upon your virgin branches yet Your maidenheads growing. O, Proserpina, For the flowers now that, frighted, thou let'st fall From Dis's wagon; daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty; violets dim, But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes Or Cytherea's breath; pale primroses, That die unmarried, ere they can behold Bright Phoebus in his strength--a malady Most incident to maids; bold oxlips and The crown imperial; lilies of all kinds, The flower-de-luce being one.

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

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Madam, I swear I use no art at all. That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity, And pity 'tis 'tis true--a foolish figure.

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

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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.

Expectation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Helena at II, i)

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In time we hate that which we often fear.

Hatred Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Charmian at I, iii)

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So full of artless jealousy is guilt It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

Jealousy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at IV, v)

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And where the offense is, let the great axe fall.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (King at IV, v)

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If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.

Revenge Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, ii)

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A little gale will soon disperse that cloud And blow it to the source from whence it came. Thy very beams will dry those vapors up, For every cloud engenders not a storm.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Clarence at V, iii)

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Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.

Trust Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.

Honesty Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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There is one pain I often feel, which you will never know. It is caused by the absence of you.

Absence Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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She's beautiful, and therefore to be woo'd She is a woman, therefore to be won

Beauty Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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A degree is not an education, and the confusion on this point is perhaps the gravest weakness in American thinking about education

Confusion Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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There is no darkness but ignorance.

Ignorance Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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