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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Men so noble, However faulty, yet should find respect For what they have been: 'tis a cruelty To load a falling man.

Cruelty Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Cromwell 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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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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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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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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You play the spaniel, And think with wagging of your tongue to win me.

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (King Henry at V, iii)

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And he goes through life, his mouth open, and his mind closed.

Listening Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio at IV, i)

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The swallow follows not summer more willing than we your lordship.

Swallows Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Second Friend at III, vi)

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. . . The dove and very blessed spirit of peace, . . .

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part II (Westmoreland at IV, i)

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The eagle suffers little birds to sing, And is not careful what they mean thereby.

Eagles Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Tamora at IV, iv)

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The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark When neither is attended; and I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. How many thing by season seasoned are To their right praise and true perfection!

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

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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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Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue--the swan's down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.

Swans Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Antony and Cleopatra (Antony at III, ii)

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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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