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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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Blood hath been shed ere now, i' th' olden time, Ere humane stature purged the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear. The time has been That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end. But now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools. This is more strange Than such a murder is.

Murder Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macbeth at III, iv)

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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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I'll never Be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand As is a man were author of himself And knew no other kin.

Independence Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at V, iii)

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Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature.

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

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If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed; If not, 'tis true this parting was well made.

Parting Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at V, i)

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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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So cowards fight when they can fly no further; So doves do peck the falcon's piercing talons; So desperate thieves, all hopeless of their lives, Breathe out invectives 'gainst the officers.

Cowards Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Clifford at I, iv)

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How many cowards whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, Who inward searched, have livers white as milk!

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

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Mine eyes Were not in fault, for she was beautiful; Mine ears, that heard her flattery; nor my heart, That thought her like her seeming. It had been vicious To have mistrusted her.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Cymbeline (Cymbeline at V, v)

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If he be so resolved, I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betrayed with trees And bears with glasses, elephants with holes, Lions with toils, and men with flatterers, He says he does, being then most flattered.

Flattery Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Decius at II, i)

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Thou that so stoutly hast resisted me, Give me thy gold, if thou hast any gold; For I have bought it with an hundred blows.

Gold Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Father at II, v)

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This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them.

Nobility Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Antony at V, v)

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Supposition all our lives shall be stuck full of eyes; For treason is but trusted like the fox, Who, ne'er so tame, so cherished and locked up, Will have a wild trick of his ancestors.

Treason Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Fourth, Part I (Worcester at V, ii)

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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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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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All the stored vengeances of heaven fall On her ingrateful top!

Ingratitude Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Lear (King Lear at II, iv)

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Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter.

Pen Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at III, ii)

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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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Foul whisp'rings are abroad.

Gossip Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Doctor of Physic at V, i)

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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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I cannot, nor I will not hold me still; My tongue, though not my heart, shall have his will.

Tongue Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at IV, ii)

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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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