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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
If music be the food of love, play on.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
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 ou
This above all; to thine own self be true.
Listen to many, speak to a few.
How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
To be, or not to be, that is the question.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
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.
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
What's done can't be undone.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.
I must be cruel, only to be kind.
What is past is prologue.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
Though she be but little, she is fierce.
Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
They do not love that do not show their love.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
To do a great right do a little wrong.
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
Boldness be my friend.
Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
There is no darkness but ignorance.
This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is 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
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
Now is the winter of our discontent.
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
They say miracles are past.
Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.
Love is too young to know what conscience is.
I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
The wheel is come full circle.
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
Nothing can come of nothing.
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.
Such as we are made of, such we be.
There's many a man has more hair than wit.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
Give thy thoughts no tongue.
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
Death is a fearful thing.
Women may fall when there's no strength in men.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
My pride fell with my fortunes.
O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
I was adored once too.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
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.
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.
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.
Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.
No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
I like not fair terms and a villain's mind.
O, had I but followed the arts!
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!
Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
An overflow of good converts to bad.
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
By that sin fell the angels.
There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.
Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.
O' What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!
If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.
The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
Farewell, fair cruelty.
The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.
Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.
Men's vows are women's traitors!
It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.
The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.
We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
Speak low, if you speak love.
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.
What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.
I bear a charmed life.
Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
There's place and means for every man alive.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.
Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
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.
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.
The attempt and not the deed confounds us.
As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.
And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish'd from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish'd from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment!
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!
Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.
Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
For I can raise no money by vile means.
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
Time and the hour run through the roughest day.
How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
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.
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.
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.
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!
How well he's read, to reason against reading!
The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture.
Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools.
Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
The valiant never taste of death but once.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.
Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.
Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
Let no such man be trusted.
For my part, it was Greek to me.
He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.
Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.
I will praise any man that will praise me.
I dote on his very absence.
Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.