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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

Relationships Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare

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A little more than kin, and less than kind!

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

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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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Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at II, ii)

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When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows!

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Iago at II, iii)

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And what love can do, that does love attempt.

Proverbs Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at II, ii)

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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 nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptred, When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, Since that the truest issue of thy throne By his own interdiction stands accursed And does blaspheme his breed?

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Macduff at IV, iii)

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This tyrant, whole sole name blisters our tongues, Was once thought honest; you have loved him well; He hath not touched you yet.

Tyranny Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Macbeth (Malcolm at IV, iii)

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The charm dissolves apace; And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.

Darkness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tempest (Prospero at V, i)

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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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When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within a hour; and pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befell!

Fancy Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: As You Like It (Oliver at IV, iii)

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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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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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Hear me profess sincerely: had I a dozen sons, each in my love alike, and none less dear than thine and my good Marcius, I had rather have eleven die nobly for their country than one voluptuously surfeit out of action.

Patriotism Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Volumnia at I, iii)

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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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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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I will go wash; And when my face is fair, you shall perceive Whether I blush or no.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Coriolanus (Coriolanus at I, ix)

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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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Yet will she blush, here be it said, To bear her secrets so bewrayed.

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Passionate Pilgrim (XVIII, l. 53), a poem of doubtful authenticity

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