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William Shakespeare
famous and familiar quotations
from his poetry and plays

  Here are some famous and familiar quotations from William Shakespeare plays and poems:-

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

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    To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue,
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess


    But man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assured,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As make the angels weep.


     This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day, 
Thou canst not then be false to any man.


     Hamlet. What news?
Rosencrantz. None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest.
Hamlet. Then is doomsday near? 


     Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?


     Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.


     Each present joy or sorrow seems the chief.


     We know what we are, but not what we may be.


     He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. 


     'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.


     More famous and familiar quotations from the poems and plays of William Shakespeare are to be found on our Home page, our "Central" poetry insights page, and our "Other" poetry insights page.
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  O! what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!
The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword;
The expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion, and the mould of form,
The observed of all observers, quite, quite, down!

William Shakespeare

and again -

  There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee.

William Shakespeare




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