William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

A Quote by William Shakespeare on courage and failure

MACBETH: If we should fail,- LADY MACBETH: We fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Macbeth, act 1, scene 7.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on brevity, choice, confusion, darkness, death, dreams, earth, friendship, heaven, history, love, power, sympathy, and war

Ay me! for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth. But, either it was different in blood,- Or else it stood upon the choice of friends,- Or, if there were a sympathy in choice, War, death, or sickness did lay siege to it, Making it momentany as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That, in a spleen, unfolds both heaven and earth, And ere a man hath power to say 'Behold!' The jaws of darkness do devour it up: So quick bright things come to confusion.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, scene i.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on behavior, country, good, and manners

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on faults

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A friendly eye could never see such faults.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Julius Caesar, Act 4, scene 3

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A Quote by William Shakespeare

It is a heretic that makes the fire, Not she that burns in 't.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Winter’s Tale

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on soldiers and soul

By the apostle Paul, shadows tonight Have struck more terror to the soul of Richard Than can the substance of ten thousand soldiers.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: KING RICHARD III, Act 5, Scene 3

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on contentment

Poor and content is rich and rich enough.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: OTHELLO, Act 3, Scene 3

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on contentment, day, and endings

All is well ended if this suit be won. That you express content; which we will pay, With strife to please you, day exceeding day.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 5, scene 3

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on affection, god, heresy, learning, and praise

I praise God for you, sir: your reasons at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange with-out heresy.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Love’s Labours Lost, Act 5, scene 1.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on deed

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For Sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Sonnet 94

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