William Shakespeare Quotes

There's no art To find the mind's construction in the face.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Duncan, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 4, l. 12-13 (1623). Referring to the original Thane of Cawdor, in whom Duncan had put his misplaced trust.
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O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor's yard, you sheath, you bowcase, you vile standing tuck.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 246-8. Insulting Hal; "tuck" means rapier.
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He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fool, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 6, l. 18-9.
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Old fools are babes again, and must be used With checks as flatteries.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Goneril, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 3, l. 19-20. Speaking about her father, King Lear, and varying the proverb "an old man is twice a child"; "checks" or rebukes are the flattery they require.
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Assume a virtue if you have it not.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 4, l. 151 (1604). Speaking to his mother Gertrude.
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Let thy song be love. This love will undo us all.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Helen, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 1, l. 110-11. Calling on Pandarus to sing; "undo" = ruin.
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O, what damned minutes tells he o'er Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves!
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Iago, in Othello, act 3, sc. 3, l. 169-70. The clash of love and suspicion in Othello.
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This fellow will but join you together as they join wainscot; then one of you will prove a shrunk panel, and like green timber warp, warp.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Jaques, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 3, l. 86-9. To Touchstone, who has invited an illiterate priest to marry him to Audrey.
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This advertisement is five days old.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 2, l. 172. "Advertisement" means information.
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If we are marked to die, we are enough To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. King Henry, in King Henry V, act 4, sc. 3. Before the Battle of Agincourt.
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