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64 14
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. As You Like It: Act II, Scene VII

56 11
If music be the food of love, play on. Twelfth Night: Act I, Scene I

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Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage—and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Macbeth: Act V, Scene V

54 13
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? The Merchant of Venice: Act III, Scene I

58 16
To be, or not to be? That is the question—Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of trouble. Hamlet: Act III, Scene I

32 4
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies. Hamlet: Act I, Scene V

39 6
Time is the justice that examines all offenders. As You Like It: Act IV, Scene I

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. Twelfth Night: Act II, Scene V

43 8
Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest. King Lear: Act I, Scene IV

38 8
Parting is such sweet sorrow. Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scene II

32 5
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scene II

33 8
First thing we do: let's kill all the lawyers. Henry VI: Act IV, Scene II

26 4
The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. The Merchant of Venice: Act I, Scene III

28 5
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity. Hamlet: Act I, Scene II

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29 6
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. Julius Caesar: Act III, Scene II

26 5
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. The Tempest: Act IV, Scene I

25 6
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Scene IV

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But love is blind, and lovers cannot see What petty follies they themselves commit The Merchant of Venice: Act II, Scene VI

23 6
What’s past is prologue The Tempest: Act II, Scene I

21 5
Nothing will come of nothing. King Lear: Act I, Scene I

21 6
Nature must obey necessity. Julius Caesar: Act IV, Scene III

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17 4
O brave new world, That has such people in't! The Tempest: Act V, Scene I

18 5
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Where be your gibes now, your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? Hamlet: Act V, Scene I

19 6
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? Henry IV: Act III, Scene I

11 1
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it

17 5
There's small choice in rotten apples. The Taming of the Shrew: Act I, Scene I

17 6
Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment Hamlet: Act I, Scene III

13 3
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.

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13 3
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.

15 5
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. Measure for Measure: Act I, Scene IV

10 1
Thought are but dreams till their effects are tried.

11 2
No legacy is so rich as honesty.

11 2
But thy eternal summer shall not fade.

12 3
It is a wise father that knows his own child. The Merchant of Venice: Act II, Scene II

14 5
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

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14 5
We have seen better days. As You Like It: Act II, Scene VII

15 6
It was Greek to me.

9 1
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god -- the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!

9 1
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

10 2
Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.

11 3
There's not one wise man among twenty will praise himself.

11 3
Me, poor man, my library was dukedom large enough. The Tempest: Act I, Scene II

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13 5
Men's faults to themselves seldom appear.

17 9
Words pay no debts.

10 3
By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.

10 3
What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

8 2
Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.

8 2
'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.

9 3
He jests at scars that never felt a wound.

12 6
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.