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

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

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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. William Shakespeare

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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? William Shakespeare

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    If music be the food of love; play on. William Shakespeare

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    To be or not to be William Shakespeare

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    Parting is such sweet sorrow. William Shakespeare

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    Time is the justice that examines all offenders. William Shakespeare

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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. William Shakespeare

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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. William Shakespeare

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    Nature must obey necessity. William Shakespeare

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    What’s past is prologue William Shakespeare

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

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

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    Journeys end in lovers meeting. William Shakespeare

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

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    In a false quarrel there is no true valor. William Shakespeare

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    Words pay no debts. William Shakespeare

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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? William Shakespeare

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    Love sought is good, but given unsought is better. William Shakespeare

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

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    We have seen better days. William Shakespeare

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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? William Shakespeare

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

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    Nothing can come of nothing. William Shakespeare

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    There's small choice in rotten apples. William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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    What angel wakes me from my flowery bed? William Shakespeare

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    First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. William Shakespeare

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

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    By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too. William Shakespeare

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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. William Shakespeare

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    The best safety lies in fear. William Shakespeare

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

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

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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. William Shakespeare

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    Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale. William Shakespeare

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    The soul's joy lies in doing. William Shakespeare

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    My library was dukedom large enough. William Shakespeare

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    It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

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    He jests at scars that never felt a wound. William Shakespeare

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    Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare

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    Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. William Shakespeare

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    Though this be madness, yet there is method in it William Shakespeare

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    This is the monstrosity in love, lady, that the will is infinite and the execution confined; that the desire is boundless, and the act a slave to limit. William Shakespeare

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    Simply the thing I am shall make me live. William Shakespeare

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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. William Shakespeare

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    It was Greek to me. William Shakespeare

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