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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.

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

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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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(Celia:) Here come Monsieur Le Beau. (Rosalind:) With his mouth full of news. (Celia:) Which he will put on us as pigeons feed their young. (Rosalind:) Then shall we be news-crammed.

Pigeons Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Celia & Rosalind at I, ii)

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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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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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Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then if he lose he makes a swanlike end, Fading in music.

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

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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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When clouds are seen wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall then winter is at hand.

Sunset Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Third Citizen at II, iii)

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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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