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    To be or not to be

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    Life It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.

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    Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them

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    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.

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    In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

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    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?

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    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

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    Journeys end in lovers meeting.

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    All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.

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    We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.

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    Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Where be your jibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar?

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    The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek.

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    Nature must obey necessity.

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    If music be the food of love; play on.

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    What’s past is prologue

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    The soul's joy lies in doing.

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    It is a wise father that knows his own child.

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    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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    Good counselors lack no clients.

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    Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

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    Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment

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    Time is the justice that examines all offenders.

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    And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

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    Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.

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    For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.

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    ...O brave new world, That has such people in't!

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    My library was dukedom large enough.

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    Simply the thing I am shall make me live.

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    They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.

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    Words pay no debts.

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    There is 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 we are now afloat; and we must take the current the clouds folding and unfolding beyond the horizon. when it serves, or lose our ventures.

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    Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.

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    The best safety lies in fear.

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    He does it with a better grace, but I do it more natural

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    Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

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    But thy eternal summer shall not fade.

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    There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.

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    Love is too young to know what conscience is.

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    To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.

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    When love begins to sicken and decay it uses an enforced ceremony.

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    Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.

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

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    It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.

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    I had rather be a toad, and live upon the vapor of a dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for others uses.

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    He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

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    Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.

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    The jury, passing on the prisoner's life, may have in the sworn twelve a thief or two guiltier than him they try.

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    As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.

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    He took the bride about the neck and kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack that at the parting all the church did echo.

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    Present mirth hath present laughter. What's to come is still unsure.

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