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Below are the first 15 of the most famous William Shakespeare'a Quotes (out of 2049 quotes in total)
Masters, spread yourselves. -A Midsummer Night's Dream. Act i. Sc. 2.
Merciful heaven, Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak Than the soft myrtle; but man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured His glassy essence--like an angry ape Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens, would all themselves laugh mortal.
Source: Measure for Measure (Isabella at II, ii)
To sell a bargain well is as cunning as fast and loose. -Love's Labour 's Lost. Act iii. Sc. 1.
I was not born under a rhyming planet. -Much Ado about Nothing. Act v. Sc. 2.
Thou dost shame That bloody spoil. Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward! Thou little valiant, great in villainy! Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight But when her humorous ladyship is by To teach thee safety!
Source: The Life and Death of King John (Constance at III, i)
(Andrew:) I am not such an ass but I can keep my hand dry. But what's your jest? (Maria:) A dry jest, sir. (Andrew:) Are you full of them? (Maria:) Ay, sir, I have them at my fingers' ends. Marry, now I let go your hand, I am barren.
Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Andrew & Maria at I, iii)
What, is the jay more precious than the lark Because his feathers are more beautiful? Or is the adder better than the eel Because his painted skin contents the eye?
Source: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio at IV, iii)
When last the young Orlando parted from you, He left a promise to return again Within a hour; and pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befell!
Source: As You Like It (Oliver at IV, iii)
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
Source: Julius Caesar (Cassius at I, ii)
Now, good Cesario, but that piece of song, That old and antique song we heard last night. Methought it did relieve my passion much, More than light airs and recollected terms Of these most brisk and giddy-paced times. Come, but one verse.
Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at II, iv)
As good luck would have it, comes in one Mistress Page, gives intelligence of Ford's approach, and in her invention, and Ford's wife's distraction, they conveyed me into a buck-basket.
Source: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Falstaff at III, v)
Come unto these yellow sands, And then take hands: Courtsied when you have, and kiss'd The wild waves whist. -The Tempest. Act i. Sc. 2.
Two starving men cannot be twice as hungry as one; but two rascals can be ten times as vicious as one.
Source: The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Clarence at I, iv)
You take my house when you do take the prop That doth sustain my house; you take my life When you do take the means whereby I live. -The Merchant of Venice. Act iv. Sc. 1.
Thus ornament is but the guiled shore To a most dangerous sea. -The Merchant of Venice. Act iii. Sc. 2.