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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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What to ourselves in passion we propose, The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.

Passion Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Claudius, King of Denmark at III, ii)

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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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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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There is no darkness but ignorance.

Ignorance Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed- It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

Mercy Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Polonius at I, iii)

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Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?

Apparitions Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at III, i)

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His demand Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love, Bur from deceit, bred by necessity; For how can tyrants safely govern home Unless abroad they purchase great alliance?

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Queen Margaret at III, iii)

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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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Murder most foul, as in the best it is, But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.

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

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I do love My country's good with a respect more tender, More holy and profound, then mine own life, My dear wife's estimate, her womb increase, And treasure of my loins.

Patriotism Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Cominius at III, iii)

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They say be parted well and paid his score, And so, God be with him.

Parting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Siward at V, viii)

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Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite, Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes, That banish what they sue for: redeem thy brother By yielding up thy body to my will, Or else he must not only die the death, But thy unkindess shall his death draw out To ling'ring sufferance.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Measure for Measure (Angelo at II, iv)

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E'en a crow o' th' same nest; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a retreat he outruns any lackey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp.

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

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