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2,311 Famous Quotes by William Shakespeare
4/23/1564 - 4/23/1616
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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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Why, now blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark! The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

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

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As far as could ken thy chalky cliffs, When from thy shore the tempest beat us back, I stood upon the hatches in the storm, And when the dusky sky began to rob My earnest-gaping sight of thy land's view, I took a costly jewel from my neck, A heart it was, bound in with diamonds, And threw it toward thy land.

Storms Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part II (Queen Margaret at III, ii)

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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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If thou dost slander her and torture me, Never pray more; abandon all remorse; On horror's head horrors accumulate; Do deeds to make heaven weep, all earth amazed; For nothing canst thou to damnation add Greater than that.

Despair Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Othello at III, iii)

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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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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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Unkindness may do much; And his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love.

Unkindness Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: Othello the Moor of Venice (Desdemona at IV, ii)

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I ask, that I might waken reverence, And bid the cheek be ready with a blush Modest as morning when she coldly eyes The youthful Phoebus, Which is that god in office, guiding men?

Blushes Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Aeneas at I, iii)

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(Portia:) A quarrel ho! already! What's the matter? (Gratiano:) About a hoop of gold, a paltry ring That she did give me, whose posy was For all the world like cutler's poetry Upon a knife--'Love me, and leave me not.'

Gold Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Portia & Gratiano at V, i)

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Great Britain and the United States are nations separated by a common language.

Language Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Winter's Tale (First Gentleman at V, ii)

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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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Know'st thou not any whom corrupting gold Will tempt unto a close exploit of death?

Temptation Quotes, by William Shakespeare , Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (King Richard at IV, ii)

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