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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.

As You Like It: Act II, Scene VII

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96 22
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

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80 18
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

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101 32
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

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80 21
If music be the food of love, play on.

Twelfth Night: Act I, Scene I

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77 21
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

Twelfth Night: Act II, Scene V

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48 8
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

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55 12
Time is the justice that examines all offenders.

As You Like It: Act IV, Scene I

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56 13
Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.

King Lear: Act I, Scene IV

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52 13
Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Romeo and Juliet: Act II, Scene II

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44 8
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.

Hamlet: Act I, Scene II

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51 15
First thing we do: let's kill all the lawyers.

Henry VI: Act IV, Scene II

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45 11
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

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41 9
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.

The Tempest: Act IV, Scene I

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42 10
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.

Hamlet: Act I, Scene V

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39 8
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

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39 8
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.

Antony and Cleopatra: Act III, Scene IV

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36 8
Nothing will come of nothing.

King Lear: Act I, Scene I

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35 10
Nature must obey necessity.

Julius Caesar: Act IV, Scene III

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34 12
What’s past is prologue

The Tempest: Act II, Scene I

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28 9
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

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21 4
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it
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23 6
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.
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24 7
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

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24 8
There's small choice in rotten apples.

The Taming of the Shrew: Act I, Scene I