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Born: 1564-04-23
Died: 1616-04-23

William Shakespeare Biography

'T is better to be lowly born, And range with humble livers in content, Than to be perked up in a glistering grief, And wear a golden sorrow.
- William Shakespeare
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'Tis neither here nor there.
- William Shakespeare
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A hit, a very palpable hit.
- William Shakespeare
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A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
- William Shakespeare
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A jest's prosperity lies in the ear Of him that hears it, never in the tongue Of him that makes it.
- William Shakespeare
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A kind
Of excellent dumb discourse.
- William Shakespeare
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A little more than kin, and less than kind.
- William Shakespeare
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A man in all the world's new fashion planted, That hath a mint of phrases in his brain.
- William Shakespeare
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A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
- William Shakespeare
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A plague o' both your houses
- William Shakespeare
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A very ancient and fish-like smell.
- William Shakespeare
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A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.
- William Shakespeare
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Action is eloquence.
- William Shakespeare
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Age cannot wither her, nor custom staleHer infinite variety other women cloyThe appetites they feed, but she makes hungryWhere most she satisfies.
- William Shakespeare
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Alas, poor Yorick I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy...
- William Shakespeare
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All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players.They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages.
- William Shakespeare
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Although the last, not least.
- William Shakespeare
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An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.
- William Shakespeare
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And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.
- William Shakespeare
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And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence.
- William Shakespeare
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And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you yet know not of.
- William Shakespeare
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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare
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And thus I clothe my naked villainy With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
- William Shakespeare
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Angels and ministers of grace defend us.Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned,Bring with thee airs from heaven, or blasts from hell,Be thy intents wicked, or charitable,Thou com'st in such a questionable shape,That I will speak to thee.
- William Shakespeare
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As flies to wanton boys, are we to the godsThey kill us for their sport.
- William Shakespeare
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As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare
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Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
- William Shakespeare
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Base men, being in love, have then a nobility in their natures, more than is native to them.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Love ]
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Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
- William Shakespeare
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Be not afraid of greatness some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare
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Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.
- William Shakespeare
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Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in, Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man.
- William Shakespeare
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Beware the ides of March.
- William Shakespeare
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Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man's ingratitude.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Winter ]
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Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare
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But love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit;
For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
To see me thus transformed to a boy.
- William Shakespeare
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But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.
- William Shakespeare
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But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.And thus I clothe my naked villainyWith odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil.
- William Shakespeare
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But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance.
- William Shakespeare
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But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.
- William Shakespeare
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But, soft what light through yonder window breaks It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
- William Shakespeare
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By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks
- William Shakespeare
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Come not within the measure of my wrath.
- William Shakespeare
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Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.
- William Shakespeare
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Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Conversation ]
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Courage mounteth with occasion.
- William Shakespeare
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Cowards die many times before their deathsThe valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare
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Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.
- William Shakespeare
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Cursed be he that moves my bones.
- William Shakespeare
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Double, double toil and trouble Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
- William Shakespeare
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Each present joy or sorrow seems the chief.
- William Shakespeare
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Et tu, Brute
- William Shakespeare
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Every man has business and desire, Such as it is.
- William Shakespeare
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Excellent wretch Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.
- William Shakespeare
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False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
- William Shakespeare
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Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing.
- William Shakespeare
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Fill all thy bones with aches.
- William Shakespeare
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Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
- William Shakespeare
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For 'tis the sport to have the engineer Hoist with his own petard...
- William Shakespeare
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For aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare
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For Brutus is an honourable man So are they all, all honourable men.
- William Shakespeare
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For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother tomorrow.
- William Shakespeare
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For they are yet ear-kissing arguments.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Argument ]
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Frailty, thy name is woman
- William Shakespeare
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Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood, garnish'd and deck'd in modest compliment, not working with the eye without the ear, and but in purged judgement trusting neither Such and so finely bolted didst thou seem.
- William Shakespeare
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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them The good is oft interred with their bones.
- William Shakespeare
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Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues Let every eye negotiate for itself And trust no agent.
- William Shakespeare
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From the still-vexed Bermoothes.
- William Shakespeare
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From this day forward until the end of the world...we in it shall be remembered...we band of brothers.
- William Shakespeare
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Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
- William Shakespeare
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Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice take each man's censure but reserve thy judgement.
- William Shakespeare
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Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, Till by broad spreading it disperses to naught.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Glory ]
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God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, love, charity, obedience, and true duty!
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Blessing ]
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Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls Who steals my purse steals trash 'tis something, nothing 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed.
- William Shakespeare
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Good night, good night parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
- William Shakespeare
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Hamlet Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel Polonius By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed. Hamlet Methinks it is like a weasel. Polonius It is backed like a weasel. Hamlet Or like a whale Polonius Very like a whale.
- William Shakespeare
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He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.
- William Shakespeare
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He hath eaten me out of house and home.
- William Shakespeare
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He is not great who is not greatly good.
- William Shakespeare
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He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Wit ]
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He that commends me to mine own content
Commends me to the thing I cannot get.
- William Shakespeare
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He that dies pays all debts.
- William Shakespeare
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He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
- William Shakespeare
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He that is robb'd, not wanting what is stolen, Let him not know 't, and he's not robb'd at all.
- William Shakespeare
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He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.
- William Shakespeare
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He was my friend, faithful, and just to meBut Brutus says, he was ambitious,And Brutus is an honorable man.He hath brought many captives home to Rome,Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.Did this in Caesar seem ambitiousWhen the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.Ambition should me made of sterner stuff,Yet Brutus says, he was ambitiousAnd Brutus is an honorable man.
- William Shakespeare
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He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.
- William Shakespeare
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He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.
- William Shakespeare
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Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.
- William Shakespeare
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His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up, And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Life ]
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Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.
- William Shakespeare
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How far that little candle throws his beams So shines a good deed in a weary world.
- William Shakespeare
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How like a winter hath my absence been From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere
- William Shakespeare
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How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown
- William Shakespeare
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How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Patience ]
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How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child
- William Shakespeare
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How use doth breed a habit in a man.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Habit ]
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I am not bound to please thee with my answers.
- William Shakespeare
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I am not merry but I do beguile The thing I am, by seeming otherwise.
- William Shakespeare
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I am wealthy in my friends.
- William Shakespeare
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I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.
- William Shakespeare
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I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound'.
- William Shakespeare
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I do begin to have bloody thoughts.
- William Shakespeare
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I dote on his very absence.
- William Shakespeare
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I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Patriotic ]
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I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.
- William Shakespeare
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I hate ingratitude more in a man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Gratitude ]
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I have heard of your paintings too, well enough God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
- William Shakespeare
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I have Immortal longings in me.
- William Shakespeare
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I have not slept one wink.
- William Shakespeare
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I like this place, and willingly would waste my time in it.
- William Shakespeare
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I met a fool i' the forest, A motley fool.
- William Shakespeare
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I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Kindness ]
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I pray thee cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless as water in a sieve.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Advice ]
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I pray you bear me henceforth from the noise and rumour of the field, where I may think the remnant of my thoughts in peace, and part of this body and my soul with contemplation and devout desires.
- William Shakespeare
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I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die no soul will pity me:
And wherefore should they, since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself?
- William Shakespeare
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I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.
- William Shakespeare
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I understand a fury in your words, But not the words.
- William Shakespeare
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I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Time ] [ Old Age ]
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I will be correspondent to command, And do my spiriting gently.
- William Shakespeare
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I will make a Star-chamber matter of it.
- William Shakespeare
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I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at.
- William Shakespeare
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I wish you all the joy you can wish.
- William Shakespeare
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I wish you well and so I take my leave, I Pray you know me when we meet again.
- William Shakespeare
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I would fain die a dry death.
- William Shakespeare
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I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated
To closeness and the bettering of my mind.
- William Shakespeare
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If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work.
- William Shakespeare
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If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly.
- William Shakespeare
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If Love be rough with you, be rough with Love, prick Love for pricking, and you beat Love down.
- William Shakespeare
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If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.
- William Shakespeare
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If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.
- William Shakespeare
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Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Gossip ]
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In a false quarrel there is no true valour.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Argument ] [ Lying ]
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In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Humility ]
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In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare
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Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain
- William Shakespeare
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It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.
- William Shakespeare
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It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
- William Shakespeare
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It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare
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It is meant that noble minds keep ever with their likes; for who so firm that cannot be seduced.
- William Shakespeare
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It is not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.
- William Shakespeare
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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
- William Shakespeare
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Jesters do often prove prophets.
- William Shakespeare
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Lady you berefit me of all words, Only my blood speaks to you in my veins, And there is such confusion in my powers.
- William Shakespeare
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Lay on, Macduff, And damn'd be him that first cries, Hold, enough
- William Shakespeare
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Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting her.
- William Shakespeare
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Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look He thinks too much such men are dangerous.
- William Shakespeare
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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments: love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds.
- William Shakespeare
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Let the coming hour overflow with joy, and let pleasure drown the brim.
- William Shakespeare
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Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
- William Shakespeare
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Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
- William Shakespeare
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Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying Nothing.
- William Shakespeare
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Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end.
- William Shakespeare
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Like one
Who having into truth, by telling of it,
Made such a sinner of his memory,
To credit his own lie.
- William Shakespeare
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Lord, what fools these mortals be
- William Shakespeare
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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Love ] [ Trust ]
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Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare
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Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books; but love from look, toward school with heavy looks.
- William Shakespeare
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Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everyone else.
- William Shakespeare
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Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
- William Shakespeare
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Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
- William Shakespeare
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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
- William Shakespeare
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Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
- William Shakespeare
More quotations on: [ Marriage ]
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Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
- William Shakespeare
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Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
- William Shakespeare
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Mine honour is my life both grow in one take honour from me and my life is done.
- William Shakespeare
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Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
- William Shakespeare
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My library
Was dukedom large enough.
- William Shakespeare
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My meaning in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.
- William Shakespeare
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My salad days, When I was green in judgment.
- William Shakespeare
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My tongue will tell the anger of mine heart, Or else my heart, concealing it, will break.
- William Shakespeare
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My words fly up, my thoughts remain below Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
- William Shakespeare
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Neither a borrower nor a lender be For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare
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No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity, but I know none, therefore am no beast.
- William Shakespeare
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No legacy is so rich as honesty.
- William Shakespeare
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No, 'tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie All corners of the world.
- William Shakespeare
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Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.
- William Shakespeare
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Nothing will come of nothing.
- William Shakespeare
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Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
- William Shakespeare
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Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun.
- William Shakespeare
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Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.
- William Shakespeare
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Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.
- William Shakespeare
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O for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
- William Shakespeare
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O, beware, my lord, of jealousy It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare
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O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day!
- William Shakespeare
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O, I am slain!
- William Shakespeare
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O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder.
- William Shakespeare
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O, now, for ever Farewell the tranquil mind farewell content Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars That make ambition virtue O, farewell Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump, The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife, The royal banner, and all quality, Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war And, O you mortal engines, whose rude throats The immortal Jove's dread clamours counterfeit, Farewell Othello's occupation's gone
- William Shakespeare
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O, woe is me, To have seen what I have seen, see what I see
- William Shakespeare
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Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.
- William Shakespeare
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Oh God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
- William Shakespeare
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Oh, that way madness lies let me shun that.
- William Shakespeare
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Oh, thou hast a damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me Hal, God forgive thee for it. Before I knew thee Hal, I knew nothing, and now am I, if a man should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked.
- William Shakespeare
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Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
- William Shakespeare
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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare
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Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.
- William Shakespeare
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Our doubts are traitors,And make us lose the good we oft might winBy fearing to attempt.
- William Shakespeare
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Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare
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Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie.
- William Shakespeare
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Out, damned spot out, I say
- William Shakespeare
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Pity is the virture of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.
- William Shakespeare
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Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.
- William Shakespeare
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Pray you now, forget and forgive.
- William Shakespeare
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Reputation is an idle and most false imposition oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
- William Shakespeare
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Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
- William Shakespeare
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Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo Deny thy father, and refuse thy name...
- William Shakespeare
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See first that the design is wise and just that ascertained, pursue it resolutely do not for one repulse forego the purpose that you resolved to effect.
- William Shakespeare
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Self-loving is not so vile a sin, my liege, as self-neglecting.
- William Shakespeare
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Silence is the perfectest herald of joy I were but little happy, if I could say how much.
- William Shakespeare
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Simply the thing I am shall make me live.
- William Shakespeare
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Since Cleopatra died, I have liv'd in such dishonour that the gods Detest my baseness.
- William Shakespeare
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Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
- William Shakespeare
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Small to greater matters must give way.
- William Shakespeare
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So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.
- William Shakespeare
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So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him
- William Shakespeare
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Some men never seem to grow old. Always active in thought, always ready to adopt new ideas, they are never chargeable with foggyism. Satisfied, yet ever dissatisfied, settled, yet ever unsettled, they always enjoy the best of what is, are the first to find the best of what will be.
- William Shakespeare
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Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
- William Shakespeare
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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
- William Shakespeare
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Speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts The worst of words.
- William Shakespeare
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Strong reasons make strong actions.
- William Shakespeare
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Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
- William Shakespeare
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Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.
- William Shakespeare
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That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,
If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.
- William Shakespeare
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The attempt and not the deed Confounds us.
- William Shakespeare
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The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare
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The devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape.
- William Shakespeare
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The earth has music for those who listen.
- William Shakespeare
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The end crowns all,
And that old common arbitrator, Time,
Will one day end it.
- William Shakespeare
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The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
- William Shakespeare
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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
- William Shakespeare
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The fringed curtains of thine eye advance.
- William Shakespeare
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The game is up.
- William Shakespeare
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The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day Is crept into the bosom of the sea.
- William Shakespeare
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The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Make instruments to plague us.
- William Shakespeare
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The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good.
- William Shakespeare
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The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
- William Shakespeare
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The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
- William Shakespeare
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The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.
- William Shakespeare
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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
- William Shakespeare
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The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.
- William Shakespeare
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The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just an charitable war.
- William Shakespeare
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The play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
- William Shakespeare
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The Possible's slow fuse is lit By the Imagination.
- William Shakespeare
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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.
- William Shakespeare
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The rest is silence.
- William Shakespeare
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The sands are number'd that make up my life.
- William Shakespeare
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The soul of this man is in his clothes.
- William Shakespeare
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The trust I have is in mine innocence, and therefore am I bold and resolute.
- William Shakespeare
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The worst is not So long as we can say, This is the worst.
- William Shakespeare
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Their understanding Begins to swell and the approaching tide Will shortly fill the reasonable shores That now lie foul and muddy.
- William Shakespeare
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There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- William Shakespeare
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There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
- William Shakespeare
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There is a tide in the affairs of men Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
- William Shakespeare
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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare
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There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.
- William Shakespeare
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There was a star danced, and under that was I born.
- William Shakespeare
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They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
- William Shakespeare
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They say, best men are moulded out of faults, And, for the most, become much more the better For being a little bad.
- William Shakespeare
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Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare
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This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare
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This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath, May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
- William Shakespeare
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This England never did, nor never shall, Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.
- William Shakespeare
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This fellow's wise enough to play the fool, And to do that well craves a kind of wit.
- William Shakespeare
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This is the short and the long of it.
- William Shakespeare
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This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers.... There is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
- William Shakespeare
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This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
- William Shakespeare
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Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.
- William Shakespeare
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Thou art all the comfort, The Gods will diet me with.
- William Shakespeare
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Thou art the Mars of malcontents.
- William Shakespeare
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Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge of thine own cause.
- William Shakespeare
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Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
- William Shakespeare
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Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.
- William Shakespeare
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Though inclination be as sharp as will,
My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
And, like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
And both neglect.
- William Shakespeare
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Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.
- William Shakespeare
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Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.
- William Shakespeare
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Thy words, I grant are bigger, for I wear not, my dagger in my mouth.
- William Shakespeare
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To be a well-flavored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.
- William Shakespeare
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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 to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.
- William Shakespeare
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To business that we love, we rise betime and go to't with delight.
- William Shakespeare
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To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare
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To die, to sleep --To sleep, perchance to dream, ay there's the rub,For in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause there's the respectThat makes calamity of so long life.
- William Shakespeare
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To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
- William Shakespeare
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To wilful men, the injuries that they themselves procure must be their schoolmasters.
- William Shakespeare
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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
- William Shakespeare
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True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
- William Shakespeare
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True is it that we have seen better days.
- William Shakespeare
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Truth is truth To the end of reckoning.
- William Shakespeare
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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
- William Shakespeare
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Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.
- William Shakespeare
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We are advertis'd by our loving friends.
- William Shakespeare
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We burn daylight.
- William Shakespeare
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We do not keep the outward form of order, where there is deep disorder in the mind.
- William Shakespeare
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We have seen better days.
- William Shakespeare
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We have some salt of our youth in us.
- William Shakespeare
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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
- William Shakespeare
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What a deformed thief this fashion is.
- William Shakespeare
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What a piece of work is a man how noble in reason how infinite in faculty in form and moving how express and admirable in action how like an angel in apprehension how like a god
- William Shakespeare
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What seest thou else
In the dark backward and abysm of time?
- William Shakespeare
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What the great ones do, the less will prattle of
- William Shakespeare
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What's done can't be undone.
- William Shakespeare
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What's in a name That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.
- William Shakespeare
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What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.
- William Shakespeare
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When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind opresses, then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress.
- William Shakespeare
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When he is best, he is a little worse than a man and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast.
- William Shakespeare
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When holy and devout religious men Are at their beads, 'tis hard to draw them thence So sweet is zealous contemplation.
- William Shakespeare
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When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.
- William Shakespeare
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When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies.
- William Shakespeare
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When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions.
- William Shakespeare
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When we are born, we cry, that we are come To this great stage of fools.
- William Shakespeare
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While thou livest keep a good tongue in thy head.
- William Shakespeare
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Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.
- William Shakespeare
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You cram these words into mine ears against the stomach of my sense.
- William Shakespeare
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Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.
- William Shakespeare
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Your hearts are mighty, your skins are whole.
- William Shakespeare
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