William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

A Quote by William Shakespeare on circumstances, direction, lies, modesty, order, peace, and virtue

Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lie? I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth; the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct. All these you may avoid but the Lie Direct; and you may avoid that too, with an If. . . . Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 4

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on darkness and day

The bright day is done, And we are for the dark.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Antony and Cleopatra, Act 5, Scene 2

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on dreams

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All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Sonnet XLIII

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on death, life, and preparation

Be still prepared for death: and death or life shall thereby be the sweeter.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Measure For Measure, Act 2, scene 2.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on fortune

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Who soars too near the sun with golden wings; Melts them; to ruin his own fortune brings.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare

I am but mad north-north-west; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Hamlet, II, ii, 405

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