William Shakespeare Quotes

She shall be buried by her Antony; No grave upon the earth shall clip in it A pair so famous.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Caesar, in Antony and Cleopatra, act 5, sc. 2, l. 358-60. About Cleopatra.
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I have not from your eyes that gentleness And show of love as I was wont to have.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassius, in Julius Caesar, act 1, sc. 2, l. 33-4. To his friend Brutus, who is troubled in mind.
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Impose me to what penance your invention Can lay upon my sin; yet sinned I not But in mistaking.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 1, l. 273-5. Contrite after his public denunciation of Hero, he invites Leonato to subject him to any penance.
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There is flattery in friendship.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Constable, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 114-5. Proverbial.
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If you meet a thief, you may suspect him, by virtue of your office, to be no true man.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Dogberry, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 3, l. 50-1. Comically laying down the law.
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When we our betters see bearing our woes, We scarcely think our miseries our foes. Who alone suffers, suffers most i' the mind, Leaving free things and happy shows behind. But then the mind much sufferance doth o'er skip, When grief hath mates, and bearing fellowship.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Edgar, in King Lear, act 3, sc. 6, l. 102-7. Developing the proverb "it's good to have company in misery"; "free" means free from misery; "happy shows" means pleasant sights; "bearing" means endurance.
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Resolution thus fubbed with the rusty curb of old father antic the law.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 1, sc. 2, l. 61. Falstaff is speaking of the courage ("resolution") of thieves; "fubbed" means thwarted; "antic" means clown.
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You come most carefully upon your hour.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Francisco, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1, l. 6. Greeting Bernardo, succeeding him as a guard on the king's castle in Elsinore.
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For thy desires Are wolvish, bloody, starved, and ravenous.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gratiano, in The Merchant of Venice, act 4, sc. 1, l. 137-8. On Shylock demanding his pound of flesh.
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Yet to me what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 308. referring to Genesis 3.19, "For dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return."
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