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William Shakespeare Quotes

(1564-1616), British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Ceremony was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes, recanting goodness, sorry ere 'Tis shown; but where there is true friendship, there needs none.

Category: Ceremony

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

Category: Character

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

Category: Character

I am bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged.

Category: Charm

Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.

Category: Chastity

For nothing can seem foul to those that win.

Category: Cheating

The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our spontaneous be lost, is to sit up cheerfully, and act and speak as if cheerfulness wee already there. To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear. If we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon folds its tent like an Arab and silently steals away

Category: Cheerfulness

Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.

Category: Children

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.

Category: Children

And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool -- motley's the only wear.

Category: Comedy And Comedians

Though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.

Category: Comedy And Comedians

Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me.

Category: Company

Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

Category: Compassion

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

Category: Competition

When you fear a foe, fear crushes your strength; and this weakness gives strength to your opponents.

Category: Competition