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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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I must be cruel only to be kind.

Cruelty Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at III, iv)

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Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night; For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back.

Purity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet at III, ii)

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The red wine first must rise In their fair cheeks, my lord; then we shall have 'em Talk us to silence.

Talk Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Sandys at I, iv)

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Hark, hark! I hear The strain of strutting chanticleer Cry cock-a-diddle-dowe.

Cocks Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Ariel at I, ii)

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So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.

Doves Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at I, v)

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On Tuesday last A falcon, now tow'ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed.

Falcons Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Ross at II, iv)

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Did ever raven sing so like a lark That gives sweet tidings of the sun's uprise?

Ravens Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Titus Andronicus (Titus at III, i)

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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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Who are the violets now That strew the green lap of the new-come spring?

Violets Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (Duchess of York at V, ii)

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It had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odor.

Violets Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i)

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When we shall hear The rain and wind beat dark December, how In this our pinching cave shall we discourse The freezing hours away?

December Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Arviragus at III, iii)

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There's her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of May doth the last of December.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick at I, i)

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Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

May Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Sonnet XVIII

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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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If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.

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

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Nay then, let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables.

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

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He will give the devil his due.

Devil Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Prince Henry at I, ii)

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To be or not to be that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.

Literary Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!

Major holidays Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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Reflection is the business of man; a sense of his state is his first duty: but who remembereth himself in joy? Is it not in mercy then that sorrow is allotted unto us?

Reflection Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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'Tis dangerous to take a cold, to sleep, to drink; but I tell you, my lord fool, out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Hotspur at II, iii)

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Mine honor's such a ring; My chastity's the jewel of our house, Bequeathed down from many ancestors, Which were the greatest obloquy i' th' world In me to lose.

Chastity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Diana at IV, ii)

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There are grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.

Vanity Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (York at II, i)

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So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue That, his apparent open guilt omitted-- I mean, his conversation with Shore's wife-- He lived from all attainder of suspects.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at III, v)

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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

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

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