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William Shakespeare quote

O! I am Fortune's fool.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

You take my life when you take the means whereby I live.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

The course of true love never did run smooth.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Julius Caesar

There is no evil angel but Love.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Love's Labour's Lost

The native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;
And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Action is eloquence.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Coriolanus

Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Now it is the time of night
That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite
In the church-way paths to glide.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

O God! that one might read the book of fate.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Henry IV, Part II

Like madness is the glory of this life
As this pomp shows to a little oil and root.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Life of Timon of Athens

William Shakespeare quote

What is the city but the people?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Coriolanus

A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Henry VIII

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
To suffer with the body.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

Oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King John

'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Live in thy shame, but die not shame with thee!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Richard II

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behaviour) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars: as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treacherous by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

O father, what a hell of witchcraft lies
In the small orb of one particular tear.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Lover's Complaint

Look, he's winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Murder’s out of tune,
And sweet revenge grows harsh.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

War is no strife
To the dark house and the detested wife.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

Sable Night, mother of Dread and Fear,
Upon the world dim darkness doth display,
And in her vaulty prison stows the Day.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece

Come not between the dragon and his wrath.

Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

Nought's had, all's spent,
Where our desire is got without content.

SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Time's glory is to calm contending kings,
To unmask falsehood and bring truth to light,
To stamp the seal of time in aged things,
To wake the morn and sentinel the night,
To wrong the wronger till he render right,
To ruinate proud buildings with thy hours,
And smear with dust their glittering golden towers;
To fill with worm-holes stately monuments,
To feed oblivion with decay of things,
To blot old books and alter their contents,
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens' wings,
To dry the old oak's sap and cherish springs,
To spoil antiquities of hammer'd steel,
And turn the giddy round of Fortune's wheel;
To show the beldam daughters of her daughter,
To make the child a man, the man a child,
To slay the tiger that doth live by slaughter,
To tame the unicorn and lion wild,
To mock the subtle in themselves beguiled,
To cheer the ploughman with increaseful crops,
And waste huge stones with little water drops.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece

They do not love that do not show their love.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Richard III

Loss of virginity is rational increase; and there was never virgin got, till virginity was first lost.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

Time ... thou ceaseless lackey to eternity.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece

Conscience doth make cowards of us all.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?...
This yellow slave
Will knit and break religions, bless th’ accursed,
Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves,
And give them title, knee and approbation
With senators on the bench.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Timon of Athens

For men have marble, women waxen, minds,
And therefore are they form'd as marble will;
The weak oppress'd, the impression of strange kinds
Is form'd in them by force, by fraud, or skill:
Then call them not the authors of their ill,
No more than wax shall be accounted evil
Wherein is stamp'd the semblance of a devil.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece

Make the doors upon a woman's wit and it will out at the casement; shut that and 'twill out at the key-hole; stop that, 'twill fly with the smoke out at the chimney.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

There she shook
The holy water from her heavenly eyes,
And clamour moisten'd.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

The tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Antony and Cleopatra

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Troilus and Cressida

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 heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis 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.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger;
At whose approach ghosts, wandering here and there,
Troop home to churchyards.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

That's a valiant flea that dares eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Henry V

How every fool can play upon a word! I think the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence; and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

Let every man be master of his time.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest

Good things of day begin to droop and drowse;
While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

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, Macbeth

Call it not love, for Love to heaven is fled,
Since sweating Lust on earth usurp'd his name.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Venus and Adonis

Pure lips, sweet seals in my soft lips imprinted,
What bargains may I make still to be sealing?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Venus and Adonis

Brief as the lightning in the collied night,
That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth;
And ere a man can say--Behold!
The jaws of darkness devour it up.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

And though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Winter's Tale

The loyalty, well held to fools, does make
Our faith mere folly.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Antony and Cleopatra

For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,
I'll gild it with the happiest terms I have.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV, Part I

O, how ripe in show
Thy lips, those kissing cherries, tempting grow.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

To speak on the part of virginity, is to accuse your mothers; which is most infallible disobedience.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

My soul is in the sky.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

I must have liberty
Withal, as large a charter as the wind,
To blow on whom I please.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too
Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

Thou wear a lion's hide! Doff it for shame,
And hang a calfskin on those recreant limbs.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King John

If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; for when did friendship take
A breed of barren metal of his friend?
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who, if he break, thou mayest with better face
Exact the penalty.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats drily.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Twelfth Night

Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

What we have we prize not to the worth
Whilse we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost,
Why, then we rack the value, then we find
The virtue that possession would not show us
Whiles it was ours.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Much Ado About Nothing

Do but see his vice;
'Tis to his virtues a just equinox,
The one as long as the other.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Love's Labour's Lost

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy:
I were but little happy, if I could say how much.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Much Ado About Nothing

Brevity is the soul of wit.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

Violent delights have violent ends,
And in their triumph die; like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Romeo and Juliet

Upon my tongues continual slanders ride,
The which in every language I pronounce,
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Winter's Tale

My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VI, Part I

Farewell, Monsieur Traveller: look you lisp and wear strange suits, disable all the benefits of your own country.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

'Tis time to fear, when tyrants seem to kiss.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Truth makes all things plain.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Robes and furr'd gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks;
Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw doth pierce it.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

Men should be what they seem;
Or those that be not, would they might seem none!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

'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; kings, queens and states,
Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave
This viperous slander enters.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Cymbeline

I 'gin to be aweary of the sun,
And wish the estate o' the world were now undone.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

A little snow, tumbled about, anon becomes a mountain.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King John

Society is no comfort
To one not sociable.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Cymbeline

When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

To weep with them that weep doth ease some deal;
But sorrow flouted at is double death.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Titus Andronicus

Wherever sorrow is, relief would be:
If you do sorrow at my grief in love,
By giving love, your sorrow and my grief were both extermin'd.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks,
They are all fire and every one doth shine,
But there's but one in all doth hold his place.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Julius Caesar

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, "Sonnet XCVIII"

That orbed continent the fire
That severs day from night.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Twelfth Night

O shame! Where is thy blush?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

I'll speak to thee in silence.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Cymbeline

The robb'd that smiles, steals something from the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Othello

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Sonnet XVIII

He hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book; he hath not eat paper, as it were; he hath not drunk ink: his intellect is not replenished; he is only an animal, only sensible in the duller parts.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Love's Labour's Lost

What then? what rests?
Try what repentance can: what can it not?
Yet what can it when one cannot repent?
O wretched state! O bosom black as death!
O limed soul, that struggling to be free
Art more engag'd!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

I have offended reputation,
A most unnoble swerving.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Antony and Cleopatra

These blessed candles of the night.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice

And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glittering o'er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV, Part I

I see my reputation is at stake:
My fame is shewdly gor'd.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Troilus and Cressida

What art thou, thou idol ceremony?
What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry V

Rumour is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV, Part II

Or are you like the painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Give me that man
That is not passion's slave.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

Many strokes, though with a little axe,
Hew down and fell the hardest-timber'd oak.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VI, Part III

He that is proud eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle; and whatever praises itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Troilus and Cressida

My pride fell with my fortunes.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

Art thou base, common and popular?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry V

No, madam, 'tis not so well that I am poor, though many of the rich are damned.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well

My library was dukedom large enough.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest

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