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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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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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All swol'n with chafing, down Adonis sits, Banning his boist'rous and unruly beast; And now the happy season once more fits That lovesick Love by pleading may be blest; For lovers say the heart hath treble wrong When it is barred the aidance of the tongue.

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Venus and Adonis (l. 325)

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And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale, and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening.

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

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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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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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When all aloud the wind doth blow, And coughing drowns the parson's saw, And birds sit brooding in the snow, And Marian's nose looks red and raw, When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl, Then nightly sings the staring owl, Tu-who; Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note, While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

Owls Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Love's Labor's Lost (Winter at V, ii)

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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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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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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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I will make an end of my dinner--there's pippins and seese to come.

Eating Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Evans at I, 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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I am your host. With robber's hands in my hospitable favors You should not ruffle thus.

Hospitality Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (Gloucester at III, vii)

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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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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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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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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 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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The ides of March are come.

March Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at III, i)

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