FAMOUS QUOTE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

 

 

Discover the most famous quotes and proverbs of William SHAKESPEARE, author regarded as the greatest playwright of English speaking culture.


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We know who we are, but we don't know what we can be.

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Friendship is constant in everything, except in interests and matters of love.

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Love is a smoke of sighs.
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Evil gathers evil; and infamy, the reward of infamy.

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You can be gentle when you have no reason to be otherwise.
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When I was young, love seemed sweet to me; yes, but as for marriage, you have to think about it for more than a day.

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May your own discernment be your guide!

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I want to love you, with you I want to spend my life with.
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Where joy has the most laughter, pain has the most tears.

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If knowledge is the goal, knowing you must be enough.
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Let's go quietly and gently; who runs fast and stumbles.
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My father's soul is growing in me.
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Strange remedies are applied to strange ailments.
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Be loyal to yourself, and don't be disloyal to anyone.

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O eternal misfortune of love! Not being able to be loved by the woman you love!
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To know a man well, you have to know him by yourself.

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Hatred and discord banish all pity.
William Shakespeare; The Comedy of Errors, I (1594)

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Blessed is he who finds in the satisfaction of modest wishes the recipe for well-being!
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There is only right and wrong according to the opinion we have.

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Perfection, pushed to excess, dies.

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Madness travels around the globe like the sun, it shines everywhere.

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A spiritual madman is better than a madman.

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The imagination is so fertile in changing forms, that nothing can match his bizarre fantasies.

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Doing evil is often seen as laudable, doing good is considered madness.

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Before you mock others with old formulas, do your self-examination

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It is not in the favours and smiles of fortune that the temper of sublime and pure virtue is recognized, for then the coward and the brave, the wise and the foolish, the learned and the ignorant, the hard man and the sensitive man, are alike and present the features of the same family. It is in the storm that the wrath of this goddess raises, it is then that under the impression of her powerful breath, the separation takes place; her breath disperses in the distance the vain and light straw, and everything that has consistency and body remains fixed by its weight, by the richness of its merit, and shows itself pure and unmixed.

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We must not make the law a vain scarecrow, placing it to frighten the birds of prey and leaving it with this vain appearance, until familiar with the habit of seeing it, they dare to perch on the very object of their terror. However, let us sharpen the sword of the law only to make a slight incision first, rather than to strike it with deadly blows.

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The proud man eats himself. Pride is his mirror, his herald, his historian, his panegyrist, and any beautiful action he praises himself, he destroys and destroys merit by his own praise.

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Repentance carries with it a certain sweetness.

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Unbridled freedom is always married to unhappiness.

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Cheerfulness must season all the dishes on the table, otherwise it would be unbearable to meet.

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Be careful not to enter into a quarrel.

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Be familiar, but not vulgar.

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Man, by an instinct that holds divinity, senses the misfortunes that are ready to happen to him; as we see the water swelling as a violent storm approaches.

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It's a dangerous thing that consciousness makes everyone a coward. A man cannot steal unless he is accused; a man cannot swear in need unless he is greedy; a man cannot seduce his neighbour's wife unless she betrays him. It is a kind of leprechaun with a shy forehead and always ready to blush that revolts in our midst. It creates a thousand obstacles to your projects. It reduces to begging those who listen to it; it is therefore banished from all cities and cities as a pernicious enemy; and any man who wants to live at ease makes his best efforts to relate only to himself, and to do without it.

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A new nobility is like a currency whose imprint is fresh, and which is just beginning to take hold.

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Those who are on the top of greatness are only knocked down by violent and repeated tremors, but if they fall, they break into pieces.

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The advice of a wise friend is the death of several enemies.

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A stone is soon found to stone an unfortunate man.

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Always some dose of good lies in the bosom of evil even, if men took the trouble to seek it there. An enemy is for us a kind of external consciousness that advises us and strongly recommends our duty. This is how we can pick a few drops of honey from the wildest bramble, and make hell itself serve to preach virtue to us.

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The insults prevent sleep, and that's why the head is delirious.

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The clamor of a jealous woman is a more deadly poison than the bite of a rabid dog.

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Man cannot separate old age from greed any more than he can drive love away from a young and vigorous body.

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Recognition is a noble and worthy reward for generous souls.

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As soon as the slander has settled somewhere, it will stay there forever.

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Slander continues as a succession.

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Be as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, you will not escape slander.

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The sheep often gets lost when the shepherd is no longer there.

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Melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.

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What is fever, if not an attack of dementia!

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We do not mourn the loss of a lost evil.

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Servants must do the will of their master.

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Bad actions are doubled by bad words.

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There's no time to get your hair back when you've gone bald.

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How foolish poor people obey mad jealousy!

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One misfortune is walking on the heels of another.

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There is no sanctuary for murder; there is no barrier for revenge.

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The most ardent blood is tamed, becomes humble, and follows reason.

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We have often seen criminal gain itself used to buy the law.

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Let us be inflexible, but not distorted; let us have daggers in our voices, but not in our hands.

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Playing the flute is as easy as lying.

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The poor one who rises makes friends with his enemies.

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Where the slightest fears grow, great loves grow.

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Where love is great, the slightest apprehensions are fears.

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A woman's anxiety and affection are equally equal: either both null and void, or both extreme.

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For a noble heart, the richest gift becomes poor when the giver no longer loves.

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To find an honest man, at the rate the world is going, you have to choose between ten thousand.

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Don't be a borrower or lender; because lending often results in losing money and friends.

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Clothing often reveals the man.

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When you have adopted and experienced a friend, hang him on your soul with a steel spike.

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Everything that lives must die, carried by nature into eternity.

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Now that old age has come at a wolf's pace, I feel his hand pressing me, dragging me away I don't know where.

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The weaker the body, the stronger the thought acts.

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Listen to all, but your words to the few.

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Love through its violence is always fatal to itself.

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I always feel happy, do you know why? Because I don't expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt, life is short. Love your life, be happy, keep a smile on your face and remember: Before you talk, listen. Before you write, think. Before you pray, forgive. Before you hurt, consider the other. Before you hate, love and before you die, Live

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He loved death, she loved life.
He lived for her, she died for him.

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Doubt that the stars are of fire,
Doubt that the Sun will move,
Doubt that the truth itself lies
But don't doubt that I love you.

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Hell is empty, all the demons are here.

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When the snow melts, where does the white go?

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What is not expressed
Stay in the heart
And can blow it up

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Nothing is good or bad in itself, unless the thought makes it so.

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Our body is our garden and our will is the gardener.

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Moaning over a past misfortune is the surest way to attract another.

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Our doubts are traitors and deprive us of what we could often earn good because we are afraid to try.

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To know a man well, you would first have to know yourself.

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Forgiveness is a more noble and rare action than revenge.

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Love is not love if it changes when it happens that its object changes. It is a lighthouse built forever that sees hurricanes without ever shaking. Love does not change over the short hours and weeks but it lasts until the threshold of the last judgment.

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Love is a smoke formed by the vapours of sighs.

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Match action and speech, speech and action, with particular attention to not exceeding the modesty of nature. For everything that overplays in this way moves away from the purpose of the theatre, whose only purpose, from the first day until today, is to present itself as a mirror to nature; to show its face to virtue, its own image to ridicule; to the body and to the very age of time its strength and reflection. But overplaying, or playing too weak, even if it makes the ignorant laugh, can only afflict men of taste, whose opinion of one must have more weight for you than that of an entire room. I know some who laugh alone to bring the laughter of a few poor-minded spectators at the very moment when this or that crucial question of the play is at stake. This is a vile thing, which shows the most pitiful ambition of the madman who uses it.

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The pain bounces back where it falls, not because it is empty and hollow, but because of its weight.

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Conquest too easy is soon despised.

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Watch your tongue as long as you live.

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At Christmas I don't want pink any more than I want snow in spring. I love every season for what it brings.

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(This drivelling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole.)
Men sometimes do things without thinking.
May time give them time to regret.

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(Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes,
Which after-hours gives leisure to repent.)

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Daggers that are not in the hands can be in the words.

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I always feel happy, do you know why? Because I don't expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt, life is short. Love your life, be happy, keep smiling, and remember: before you talk, listen. Before you write, think about it. Before praying, forgive. Before hurting, consider the other. Before you hate, love and, before you die, live.

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy 2017!

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We can do a lot with hate, but even more so with love.

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William Shakespeare's dream of a summer night
Love does not see with the eyes, but with the soul; and that is why the Cupid wing is painted blind; the soul of love has no idea of judgment: wings, and no eyes, that is the emblem of an inconsiderate haste; and it is because it is so often deceived in its choice, that Love is said to be a child. As the wild children perjure themselves in their games, the child love perjures himself in all places.

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"Consciousness" is only a word for cowards to use,
First invented to keep the strong in respect.

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(Conscience is a word that coward use,
Devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe.)

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Desperate ailments have desperate remedies or no cure.

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Imagination is the beginning of creation. We imagine what we want, we want what we imagine, and finally, we create what we want.

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Oh Romeo, Romeo! Why are you Romeo!
Deny your father and abdicate your name;
Or if you don't want to, swear to love me,
And I won't be a Capule anymore.

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Poetry is the music that every man carries within him.

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William Shakespeare's Othello
IAGO: To be poor but without need is to be rich
Well, to the best of my knowledge. But wealth,
Even infinite, is poor as winter
For those who do not cease to fear being poor.
(Poor and content is rich, and rich enough,
But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter
To him that ever fears he shall be poor.)

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The evil that men do survives them.

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
ROMEO: So stay still, while I gather the effect of my prayer. (He kisses her on the mouth.) Your lips have wiped away the sin of mine.
JULIETTE: My lips kept to themselves the sin they took from yours.
ROMEO: Did you take the sin from my lips? Oh, charming reproach! Then give me back my sin. (he still kisses her.)

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We are from this fabric on which dreams are born, and our little life is surrounded by sleep.

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Love is a familiar spirit, love is a demon: if there is a bad angel, it is love.

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ANTOINE: The evil that men do survives after them,
The good is often buried with their bones;
So it is with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Told you Caesar was ambitious.
If that is true, the fault was cruel,
And Caesar paid the price cruelly.
Here, with the permission of Brutus and the others,
Because Brutus is an honorable man,
As they all are, all honourable men,
I'm here to talk about Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me;
But Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
He brought many captives back to our country to Rome,
Whose ransoms filled the public coffers;
Was this Caesar's proof of ambition?
When the poor wept, Caesar shed tears:
The ambition should be of a tougher cloth,
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
You all saw me on lupercal day,
Three times to present him with the royal crown,
Which he refused three times. Was it ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And for sure he's an honorable man.
I'm not talking to contradict Brutus,
But I'm here to tell you what I know.
You all loved him once, not without a cause,
What cause then prevents you from mourning him?
O judgment! Thou hast taken refuge among the beasts of the earth,
And the men have lost their reason! Excuse me, please,
My heart is there in the coffin with Caesar,
And I have to keep quiet until he comes back to me.

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Just yesterday, a word from Caesar could
Challenge the world. Now he's lying there,
And even the poorest refuses him respect.
Oh my friends, if I wanted to excite
Your hearts and minds to rebellion and rage,
I would offend Brutus, and offend Cassius,
Who, as you all know, are honourable men.
I don't want to offend them. I'd rather choose
To offend the dead, offend me and you,
Rather than offend such honourable men.
But here is a scroll, with Caesar's seal,
I found it in his office, it's his will:
It would be enough for the people to hear this will,
That, forgive me, I don't pretend to read,
And all ran to kiss Caesar's dead wounds,
And dip their tissues in his sacred blood,
Yes, begging to remember one of his hairs,
To, when they die, inscribe it in their will,
And pass it on as a rich legacy
To their posterity.

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Be patient, sweet friends, I must not read them.
It is not good for you to know how much Caesar loved you:
You are not made of wood, you are not made of stone, but of men,
And what a man, hearing Caesar's will,
Wouldn't catch fire, wouldn't go crazy?
It's better if you don't know you're his heirs,
For if you knew, oh ! what would not happen?

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As soon as we are born, we cry for coming to this great theatre of madmen....

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Every slave holds in his own hand
The power to break his captivity.

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At Christmas I don't want pink any more than I want snow in spring. I love every season for what it brings.

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It is foolish to live, when living is torture.
(It is silliness to live when to live is a torment.)

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To know a man well, you must first know yourself."

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It is a misfortune of time that fools guide the blind.

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Whoever has no hope will have no regrets.

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Don't say "later" to love

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I hold this world for what it is: a theatre where everyone has to play their part.

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Tears prove their love, they do not bring their remedy.

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Poetry is a music that every man carries within him.

Nastasia-B March 01, 2016
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
PROTECTED: So to escape the fire, for fear of burning me,
I swallowed myself into the sea, where I drown.
I avoided showing my father Julia's letter,
Fearing that he would oppose my love,
And by taking advantage of my own subterfuge,
He most powerfully opposed my love.
Oh! How this spring of love looks like
To the uncertain glow of an April day,
Which for a moment reveals the beauty of the sun,
Then a cloud darkens the whole sky.

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(PROTEUS: Thus have I shunn'd the fire, for feare of burning,
And drench'd me in the sea, where I am drown'd.
I fear'd to show my father Julia's letter,
Lest he should take exceptions to my love,
And with the vantage of mine own excuse
Hath he excepted most against my love.
Oh, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day,
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.)

Nastasia-B January 15, 2019
Richard III by William Shakespeare
RICHARD: Here comes the winter of our displeasure
(RICHARD: Now is the winter of our discontent)

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MACBETH: The fears we feel are nothing to the terror we imagine.
(MACBETH: Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.)

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The memories we invent are the most beautiful.

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The strongest oaths are straw in the fire of blood.
(The strongest oaths are straw to th' fire i' th' blood.)

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If you spent the whole year on holiday, having fun would be as exhausting as working.

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Sobriety in poetry is poverty; simplicity is great. Opulence, profusion, flamboyant irradiation, can be simplicity. The sun is simple.

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unicorns are taken with trees, bears with mirrors, elephants in pits, lions with nets, and men with flattery

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RICHARD: Sweet Prince, the unblemished virtue of your years
Has not yet plunged into the duplicity of the world,
You don't know the difference between a man and a man
That his external figure, who, God knows,
Rarely or never goes with his heart.

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(RICHARD: Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your years
Hath not yet div'd into the world's deceit,
No more can you distinguish of a man
Then of his outward show, which, God He knows,
Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.)

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RICHARD: Tell him I will always love him.
THE QUEEN: But how long will this last forever?

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Sage is the father who knows his child.

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You, bailiff scoundrel, hold your bloody hand!
Why are you whipping this whore? Strip your own back;
You burn with the desire to do with her
Which is why you're whipping her. The loan shark hangs the scoundrel.
Under the drilled clothes the vices appear great;
Dresses and fur coats hide everything. Golden breastplate of sin,
And the mighty sword of justice breaks there without hurting;
Harness him with rags, the straw of a Pygmy pierces him.

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Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand!
Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thy own back;
Thou hostly lusts to use her in that kind
For which thou whipp'st her. The usurer hangs the cozener.
Through tatter'd clothes great vices great vices do appear :
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 does pierce it.)

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CASSIUS: Life, tired of these land bars,
Always has the power to expand herself.
(CASSIUS: Life, being weary of these wordly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.)

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AMLET. - To be, or not to be, that's the question. Is there more than
nobility of soul to suffer the slingshot and arrows of fortune
outrageous, or to arm themselves against a sea of pain and stop it
by a revolt. To die... to sleep, nothing more;... and to say that by this
sleep we put an end to the aches and pains of the heart and the thousand tortures
which are the legacy of the flesh: this is an outcome that we must
to wish fervently. Dying... sleeping, sleeping, sleeping! Maybe dreaming! Yes, there
is the embarrassment. For what dreams can come to us in this sleep of the
dead, when we are rid of the embrace of this life?. There you go. There you go.
that must stop us. It is this reflection that has caused us the calamity
of such a long existence. Who, indeed, would like to support the
floggings, and the disdain of the world, the insult of the oppressor,
the humiliation of poverty, the anguish of despised love, the
the slowness of the law, the insolence of power, and the rebuffs that merit
resigned receives unworthy men, if he could be even with one
simple punch?. Who would want to carry these burdens, growl and sweat under
an overwhelming life, if the fear of something after death, of this
unexplored region, from which no one returns, disturbed the will,
and made us bear the evils we have for fear of ourselves
to launch into those we don't know. Thus the consciousness makes
of all of us cowards; so the native colors of the resolution
whiten under the pale reflections of thought; thus the companies the
more energetic and the most important ones are turning away from their course, to
this idea, and lose the name of action....

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Aren't those who roar like lions and act like hares monsters?

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The sun is a thief who, by its powerful attraction, steals the vast ocean; the moon, a brazen thief, steals from the sun the pale light it shines with. The Ocean is another thief who melts the moon in salty tears and mixes them with its waves. The earth is a thief who only produces and feeds by a mixture subtracted from the residue of all substances. Everything is a thief; the laws, your brake and your rod, are themselves, by their tyrannical power, the most frenetic of thieves.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
CICÉRON: It is true, times are in a strange mood;
But men often analyze things in their own way,
Until these things make a total misunderstanding.
(CICERO : Indeed it is a strange-disposed time ;
But men may build things after their fashion,
Clean from the prupose of the things themselves.)

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Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
AARON: Everything will be buried in my death
If you don't swear to me that my child will live.
LUCIUS: Tell it all, I say your child will live.
AARON: Swear it, and then I'll start.
LUCIUS: By whom to swear? You don't believe in any gods.
So how can you believe in an oath?
AARON: So what if I don't think so?
But as I know you're religious,
And endowed with something called a moral sense,
With thirty-six mômeries and other papist ceremonies
That I saw you paying attention to practice,
I demand an oath from you; and as I know
That a madman takes his hobby for a god,
And keeps the oath that on this god he swears,
I'll demand one from him: and so you'll swear
By this god, whoever he is,
That you love and worship,
To spare my boy, and to raise him,
Otherwise I'm not revealing anything.

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Romeo and Juliet - Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Dream of a Summer Night
THESE: Lovers and madmen have boiling brains,
Visionary fantasies, which conceive
More than cold reason perceives.

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Many men have more hair than spirit.
(There's many a man hath more hair than wit.)

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William Shakespeare
Hamlet: Madam, will I lie between your knees?
Ophelia: No, my lord.
Hamlet: I mean, my head on your lap.
Ophelia: Yes, my lord.

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PROSPERO: We are the fabric of dreams, and our little life is surrounded by sleep.
(We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.)

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THE Clerk: The beautiful people here! Which is pretty rude.
Not to see this palpable device?
But who's bold enough to say he sees it?
The world is corrupt and everything is going well for the worst.

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The head that wears a crown never rests calmly!

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- The naive and simple faith is without artifice,
- but hollow men are like some fiery horses at first sight;
- they promise by their valiant appearance the most beautiful ardour; but, as soon as they have to endure the bloody spur,
- they drop their manes, and, as well as misleading haridels,
- succumb to the test.

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"And likewise, knowing that I loved my books, his kindness provided me with a number of volumes from my library, which are more precious to me than my duchy. »

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JESSICA: I will be saved by my husband, he made me a Christian.
THE BUFFET: The truth is, he is all the more guilty, we were enough Christians before, as many as it took to be able to live on each other: this manufacture of Christians will raise the price of the pig - if we all become pig eaters, we will soon no longer be able to find a slice of bacon to grill for our money.

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MALCOLM: It's not so long a night that it doesn't find daylight.
(MALCOLM: The night is long, that never finds the day.)

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THE KING: There is no art to decipher a soul on a face.
(KING: There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.)

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JULIETTE - Oh, don't swear by the moon, the fickle star
Which varies all month long on its orbit,
I would be too scared
May your love not be so changing.

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Desperate ills require desperate remedies, or none at all.

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BUCKINGHAM: We recognize your tenderness of heart
And this sweet, kind, feminine compassion
That we noticed in you with regard to your relatives,
As a matter of fact, to everyone.

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CASSIUS: Men at certain times are masters of their destinies.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But within ourselves, if we are underlings.

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(CASSIUS: Men at some time are masters of their fates.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.)