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A list of the best William Shakespeare quotes. List is arranged by which ones are the most famous William Shakespeare quotes and which have proven the most popular with visitors to this page. All the top quotes from William Shakespeare should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more quotes by William Shakespeare at the end of the list. This list includes notable William Shakespeare quotes on various subjects; if you are looking for subject-specific quotes, those can also be found on Ranker along with the authors name.

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    To be or not to be

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

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

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    O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?

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    Remembrance of things past.

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    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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    Nature must obey necessity.

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    Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.

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    Who can be patient in extremes?

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    Nothing can come of nothing.

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    Words pay no debts.

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    The apparel oft proclaims the man.

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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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    In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

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    Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he was boasting, The less you speak of your greatness, the more shall I think of it.

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    We have seen better days.

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    What’s past is prologue

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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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    Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

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    Such as we are made of, such we be.

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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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    What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

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    Men's faults to themselves seldom appear.

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    The best safety lies in fear.

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    But thy eternal summer shall not fade.

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

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    There's small choice in rotten apples.

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

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    Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

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    Journeys end in lovers meeting.

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

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

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    Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

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    The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.

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    Much Ado About Nothing

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    Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.

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    No legacy is so rich as honesty.

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    Though this be madness, yet there is method in it

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    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.

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    If music be the food of love; play on.

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    What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

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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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    There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.

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

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    Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.

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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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    It was Greek to me.

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

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    Time is the justice that examines all offenders.

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