William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (born April 1564, traditionally celebrated on 23 April; baptised 1564-04-26; died 1616-05-03 ) was an English playwright and poet.
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The worst is notSo long as we can say, "This is the worst."

William Shakespeare

But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.

William Shakespeare

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!

William Shakespeare

The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. 'T is mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway, It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's, When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew, Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That in the course of justice none of us Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy.

William Shakespeare

Pray you now, forget and forgive.

William Shakespeare

Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.

William Shakespeare

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs, Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes, Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers’ tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall and a preserving sweet.

William Shakespeare

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

William Shakespeare

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.

William Shakespeare

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.

William Shakespeare

For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' sinews, Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones, Make tigers tame, and huge leviathans Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.

William Shakespeare

And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you yet know not of.

William Shakespeare

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

William Shakespeare

The play's the thingWherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.

William Shakespeare

Nothing will come of nothing.

William Shakespeare

If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.

William Shakespeare

But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance.

William Shakespeare

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.

William Shakespeare

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

William Shakespeare

I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.

William Shakespeare

Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.

William Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die.

William Shakespeare

It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.

William Shakespeare

I understand a fury in your words,But not the words.

William Shakespeare
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