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Summary

William Shakespeare was a famous Dramatist from England, who lived between April 26, 1564 and April 23, 1616.

Biography

He is regarded as the greatest English writer and the world's most eminent dramatist. He called England's national poet and "the bard of Avon" - or simply "poet." Ben Jonson gave him the name "Swan of Avon". Authorship consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and several other poems. Plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more frequently than other playwrights plays.

Shakespeare was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon. When he was 18 years old, he married Anne Hathaway, whom he had three children with: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. He traveled to London sometime between 1585 and 1592 and began a successful career as an actor, writer and part owner of the acting company Lord Chamberlain's Men - later known as the King's Men. He probably retired back to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later.

Shakespeare wrote most of his famous works between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and krønikespill, genres he refined in the late 1500's. He wrote mainly tragedies until 1608 - such as the classic Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. At the end of his life he wrote tragicomedy and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623 published two of his former theatrical colleagues Shakespeare's complete plays, which contained all his plays except two.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 173 quotes who is written / told by William, under the main topics: Happiness, Love, Nature, Peace.

Related authors: William Hazlitt, Anne Hathaway, Michael York, Ben Jonson, Henrik Ibsen

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare

Famous quotes by William Shakespeare (173)


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"A light heart lives long"
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"My pride fell with my fortunes"
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"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool"
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"Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment"
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"Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!"
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"A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age"
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"As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport"
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"Hell is empty and all the devils are here"
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"My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy"
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"O' What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!"
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"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin"
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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"
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"Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise"
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"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words"
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"It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions"
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"It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood"
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"Lawless are they that make their wills their law"
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"Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent"
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"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course"
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"Let no such man be trusted"
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"Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life"
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"Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man"
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"Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything"
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"Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage"
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"Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives"
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"Men shut their doors against a setting sun"
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"I bear a charmed life"
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"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall"
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"Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice"
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"How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world"
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"Boldness be my friend"
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"What's done can't be undone"
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"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry"
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"Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better"
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"Listen to many, speak to a few"
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"No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing"
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"Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove"
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"'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems"
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"False face must hide what the false heart doth know"
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"For my part, it was Greek to me"
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"I like not fair terms and a villain's mind"
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"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?"
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"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing"
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"Such as we are made of, such we be"
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"The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company"
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"They say miracles are past"
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"For I can raise no money by vile means"
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"Brevity is the soul of wit"
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"But men are men; the best sometimes forget"
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"But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes"
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"By that sin fell the angels"
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"Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong"
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"Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness"
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"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once"
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"Death is a fearful thing"
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"Desire of having is the sin of covetousness"
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"Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct"
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"Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above"
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"Expectation is the root of all heartache"
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"Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them"
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"God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"
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"God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another"
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"Having nothing, nothing can he lose"
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"He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural"
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"He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike"
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"He that is giddy thinks the world turns round"
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"He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer"
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"Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself"
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"I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father"
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"I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire"
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"I say there is no darkness but ignorance"
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"I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man"
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"I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart"
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"I was adored once too"
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"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me"
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"I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion"
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"I will praise any man that will praise me"
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"If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul"
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"It is a wise father that knows his own child"
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"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves"
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"As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him"
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"A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser"
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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"
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"Ambition should be made of sterner stuff"
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"An overflow of good converts to bad"
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"And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse"
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"Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know"
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"I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!"
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"If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces"
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"Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind"
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"What is past is prologue"
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"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions"
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"'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall"
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"Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered"
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"How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!"
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"In a false quarrel there is no true valor"
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"Time and the hour run through the roughest day"
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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 honor"
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"If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me"
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"O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!"
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"O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention"
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"O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!"
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"Men's vows are women's traitors!"
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"Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes"
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"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"
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"Better a witty fool than a foolish wit"
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"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late"
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"Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue"
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"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt"
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"Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains"
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"Parting is such sweet sorrow"
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"Pleasure and action make the hours seem short"
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"Poor and content is rich, and rich enough"
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"Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge"
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"Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds"
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"Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt"
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"The attempt and not the deed confounds us"
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"The course of true love never did run smooth"
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"The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose"
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"The empty vessel makes the loudest sound"
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"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"
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"The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it"
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"The golden age is before us, not behind us"
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"The wheel is come full circle"
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"There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them"
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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. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures"
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"There is no darkness but ignorance"
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"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"
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"There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass"
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"There's many a man has more hair than wit"
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"There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face"
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"There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting"
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"There's place and means for every man alive"
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"To be, or not to be: that is the question"
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"To do a great right do a little wrong"
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"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man"
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"Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him"
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"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown"
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"Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?"
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"Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful"
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"Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes"
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"We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone"
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"We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements"
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"When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain"
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"Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing"
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"Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?"
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"Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast"
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"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come"
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"Women may fall when there's no strength in men"
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"Words without thoughts never to heaven go"
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"Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart"
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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"
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"How well he's read, to reason against reading!"
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"I dote on his very absence"
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"If music be the food of love, play on"
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"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"
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"This above all; to thine own self be true"
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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
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"Give thy thoughts no tongue"
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"I am not bound to please thee with my answer"
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"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven"
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"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none"
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"O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil"
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"Speak low, if you speak love"
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"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact"
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"Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear"
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"'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after"
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"I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one"
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"The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired"
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"The valiant never taste of death but once"
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"They do not love that do not show their love"
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"'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of"
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"Farewell, fair cruelty"


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