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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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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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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 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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