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Quote 122If music be the food of love, play on. - William Shakespeare
Quote 237And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything...
Quote 738As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
Quote 1269If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge...
Quote 1290With the sleep of dreams comes nightmares. - William Shakespeare
Quote 1337I dote on his very absence. - William Shakespeare
Quote 1402Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. - William Shakespeare
Quote 1476Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.
Quote 1713One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Quote 1724The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Quote 1759Boldness be my friend. - William Shakespeare
Quote 2034To be wise and love exceeds man's might.
Quote 2376In time we hate that which we often fear. - William Shakespeare
Quote 2428A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
Quote 2506Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes by chance.
Quote 3002Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet&#...
Quote 3050This 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.
Quote 3119Such men as he be never at heart's ease whiles they behold a greater than themselves, and therefore are they very dangerous.
Quote 3134To be, or not to be: that is the question. - William Shakespeare
Quote 3260If I lose mine honour, I lose myself. - William Shakespeare
Quote 3541All 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 p...
Quote 3804Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
Quote 3839Parting is such sweet sorrow. - William Shakespeare
Quote 3853If thou rememb'rest not the slightest folly into which love hast made thee run, though hast not loved.
Quote 4167Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Quote 4214Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. - William Shakespeare
Quote 4230It's not enough to speak, but to speak true.
Quote 4257Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
Quote 4447Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end.
Quote 4890Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. - William Shakespeare
Quote 4904The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
Quote 4936Distribution should undo excess, and each man have enough.
Quote 4946Let 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 think...
Quote 4964Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.
Quote 4968I know myself know; and I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
Quote 4982Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.
Quote 5008The quality of mercy is not strain'd, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth...
Quote 5023His flight was madness: when our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors.
Quote 5025Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news: give to a gracious message an host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell themselves ...
Quote 5037Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.
Quote 5043How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
Quote 5075Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Quote 5089Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.
Quote 5113O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!It is the green-eyed monster which doth mockThe meat it feeds on.
Quote 5114By the pricking of my thumbs,Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks!
Quote 5122Beware the ides of March. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5131I have never cared much for fish - it floats in the belly as much as in the pond.
Quote 5143There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Quote 5155It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.
Quote 5163A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! - William Shakespeare
Quote 5164Speak to me as to thy thinkings, As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts The worst of words.
Quote 5185True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings; Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
Quote 5192Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
Quote 5195Best safety lies in fear. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5203We have some salt of our youth in us. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5208The undiscover'd country from whose bourn no traveller returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly ...
Quote 5222There is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
Quote 5234For they are yet ear-kissing arguments. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5235There 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 shallo...
Quote 5238The worst is notSo long as we can say, "This is the worst."
Quote 5293Conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought.
Quote 5303Thy words, I grant are bigger, for I wear not, my dagger in my mouth.
Quote 5310But, for my own part, it was Greek to me. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5313There is no fettering of authority. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5317My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
Quote 5318I am constant as the northern star, of whose true fix'd and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament.
Quote 5336What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.
Quote 5339Once 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 m...
Quote 5350Where the bee sucks, there suck I; In a cowslip's bell I lie.
Quote 5353Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
Quote 5356The lady doth protest too much, methinks. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5371Strong reasons make strong actions. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5377Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.
Quote 5409Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.
Quote 5411In a false quarrel there is no true valour. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5434Lay on, Macduff, And damn'd be him that first cries, "Hold, enough!"
Quote 5460To do a great right, do a little wrong. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5471Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
Quote 5501When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine, that all the world will be in love...
Quote 5525Vows were ever brokers to defiling. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5529Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
Quote 5530Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters...
Quote 5531Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me and my life is done.
Quote 5532Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.
Quote 5533It easeth some, though none it ever cured, to think their dolour others have endured.
Quote 5578Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5587Friends, 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...
Quote 5608The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
Quote 5611Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as Man's ingratitude.
Quote 5613Come unto these yellow sands, And then take hands: Courtsied when you have, and kiss'd The wild waves whist.
Quote 5617And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself wh...
Quote 5643Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.
Quote 5644Come not within the measure of my wrath. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5648Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o' the milk of human kindness.
Quote 5670I pray thee cease thy counsel, Which falls into mine ears as profitless as water in a sieve.
Quote 5703Free from gross passion or of mirth or anger constant in spirit, not swerving with the blood, garnish'd and deck'd in modest compl...
Quote 5724Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.
Quote 5742Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5746I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the other.
Quote 5750Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, noth...
Quote 5767We must not make a scarecrow of the law, setting it up to fear the birds of prey, and let it keep one shape, till custom make it their perch...
Quote 5809He must needs go that the devil drives. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5845No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en; In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
Quote 5855Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5861Young in limbs, in judgement old. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5869Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
Quote 5870Truth is truth To the end of reckoning. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5909He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.
Quote 5924When he is best, he is a little worse than a man; and when he is worst, he is a little better than a beast.
Quote 5934Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing.
Quote 5948Assume a virtue, if you have it not. - William Shakespeare
Quote 5961Though fortunes malice overthrow my state, my mind exceeds the compass of her wheel.
Quote 5973I hate ingratitude more in a man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frai...
Quote 5981I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
Quote 5983The sands are number'd that make up my life.
Quote 5986O, how this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day!
Quote 6002And 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.
Quote 6040Beware 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; T...
Quote 6048Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6080Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man's ingratitude.
Quote 6096He will give the devil his due. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6218We do not keep the outward form of order, where there is deep disorder in the mind.
Quote 6247We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Quote 6248I am not merry; but I do beguileThe thing I am, by seeming otherwise.
Quote 6256He hath eaten me out of house and home. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6264Ambition, the soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss, than gain which darkens him.
Quote 6265Like one Who having into truth, by telling of it, Made such a sinner of his memory, To credit his own lie.
Quote 6276Every man has business and desire, Such as it is.
Quote 6284Was ever book containing such vile matter so fairly bound? O, that deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous palace!
Quote 6288There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.
Quote 6296The glass of fashion and the mould of form - William Shakespeare
Quote 6305'Tis neither here nor there. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6313Can one desire too much of a good thing? - William Shakespeare
Quote 6326I would fain die a dry death. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6359The old folk, time's doting chronicles. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6401Fortune, that arrant whore, ne'er turns the key to the poor.
Quote 6417My salad days, When I was green in judgment. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6421A plague o' both your houses! - William Shakespeare
Quote 6446No legacy is so rich as honesty. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6474My tongue will tell the anger of mine heart, Or else my heart, concealing it, will break.
Quote 6487I will wear my heart upon my sleeveFor daws to peck at.
Quote 6515Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6535Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6544The attempt and not the deed Confounds us. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6558Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
Quote 6559Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feelings as to sight?
Quote 6576He that dies pays all debts. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6621My library Was dukedom large enough. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6627Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.
Quote 6634I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.
Quote 6635I met a fool i' the forest, A motley fool.
Quote 6636Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good; A shining gloss that vadeth suddenly; A flower that dies when first it 'gins to bud; A britt...
Quote 6637This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress buil...
Quote 6647He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.
Quote 6656A man I am cross'd with adversity. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6684But 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.
Quote 6712Frame your mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
Quote 6713Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me From mine own library with volumes that I prize above my dukedom.
Quote 6740The sense of death is most in apprehension; and the poor beetle, that we tread upon, in corporal sufferance feels a pang as great as when a ...
Quote 6742I must be cruel, only to be kind. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6752They say, best men are moulded out of faults, And, for the most, become much more the better For being a little bad.
Quote 6761In the night, imagining some fear, how easy is a bush suppos'd a bear!
Quote 6780For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men.
Quote 6795A kind Of excellent dumb discourse. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6811Fill all thy bones with aches. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6841His 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!
Quote 6869Foolery... does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.
Quote 6876And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest c...
Quote 6881The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.
Quote 6917Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
Quote 6925My salad days, when I was green in judgement, cold in blood.
Quote 6940He takes false shadows for true substances. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6944Blow, wind! Come, wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back.
Quote 6977How use doth breed a habit in a man! - William Shakespeare
Quote 6978Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6980As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
Quote 6982Cursed be he that moves my bones. - William Shakespeare
Quote 6986Losing a baby is not a thing that you could ever get used to.
Quote 7046The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just and charitable war.
Quote 7057Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.
Quote 7083How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
Quote 7084Oft expectations fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.
Quote 7094Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopp'd, doth burn the heart to cinders where it is.
Quote 7117Gardener, for telling me these news of woe, pray God the plants thou graft'st may never grow.
Quote 7122Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7123Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war.
Quote 7130Those that she makes fair she scarce makes honest; and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly.
Quote 7149Full 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 d...
Quote 7159I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
Quote 7168They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps.
Quote 7182Here will be an old abusing of God's patience and the king's English.
Quote 7191I have no other but a woman's reason: I think him so, because I think him so.
Quote 7201Their understanding Begins to swell and the approaching tide Will shortly fill the reasonable shores That now lie foul and muddy.
Quote 7216O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? - William Shakespeare
Quote 7237No ceremony that to great ones 'longs, not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword, the marshal's truncheon, nor the judge�...
Quote 7238I have not slept one wink. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7241I am a man more sinn'd against than sinning.
Quote 7246How far your eyes may pierce, i cannot tell; striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
Quote 7248A hit, a very palpable hit. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7251Present mirth hath present laughter; what's to come is still unsure.
Quote 7257Let me not live, after my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff of younger spirits.
Quote 7258When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, And with old ...
Quote 7264A heavy heart bears not a nimble tongue. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7266Merrily, merrily shall I live now, Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Quote 7267Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
Quote 7268The fringed curtains of thine eye advance. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7296Et tu, Brute! - William Shakespeare
Quote 7297Fair is foul, and foul is fair. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7303Thou art all the comfort, The Gods will diet me with.
Quote 7306Mercy is not itself, that oft looks so - William Shakespeare
Quote 7326What seest thou elseIn the dark backward and abysm of time?
Quote 7359Show me a mistress that is passing fair, what doth her beauty serve but as a note where I may read who pass'd that passing fair?
Quote 7371What 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 lik...
Quote 7443Your hearts are mighty, your skins are whole.
Quote 7446O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.
Quote 7449Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, where death's approach is seen so terrible!
Quote 7451The trust I have is in mine innocence, and therefore am I bold and resolute.
Quote 7454If there were reason for these miseries, then into limits could I bind my woes.
Quote 7458And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.
Quote 7466Lord, what fools these mortals be! - William Shakespeare
Quote 7469A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
Quote 7472I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated To closeness and the bettering of my mind.
Quote 7478Trust not him that has once broken faith. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7479O God, that man should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
Quote 7496There is a devilish mercy in the judge, if you'll implore it, that will free your life, but fetter you till death.
Quote 7503He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.
Quote 7504I will make a Star-chamber matter of it. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7506I cannot tell what the dickens his name is. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7517You shall more command with years than with your weapons.
Quote 7529When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.
Quote 7551This is the short and the long of it. - William Shakespeare
Quote 7566The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day Is crept into the bosom of the sea.
Quote 7676Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and will become as he should be.
Quote 7953When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
Quote 8006For I can raise no money by vile means. - William Shakespeare
Quote 8349So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him!
Quote 8427How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown!
Quote 8500Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
Quote 8579Thou art not for the fashion of these times, where none will sweat but for promotion.
Quote 8610Thou hast nor youth nor age, but, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep, dreaming on both.
Quote 8647There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple: If the ill spirit have so fair a house, Good things will strive to dwell with 't.