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Sonnet CXLII

Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving:
O, but with mine compare thou thine own state,
And thou shalt find it merits not reproving;
Or, if it do, not from those lips of thine,
That have profaned their scarlet ornaments
And seal'd false bonds of love as oft as mine,
Robb'd others' beds' revenues of their rents.
Be it lawful I love thee, as thou lovest those
Whom thine eyes woo as mine importune thee:
Root pity in thy heart, that when it grows
Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
By self-example mayst thou be denied!

William Shakespeare

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

William Shakespeare

A very ancient and fish-like smell.

William Shakespeare

True is it that we have seen better days.

William Shakespeare

Action is eloquence.

William Shakespeare

Small to greater matters must give way.

William Shakespeare

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.

Shakespeare

When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.

William Shakespeare

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: 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.

William Shakespeare

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.

William Shakespeare

I am wealthy in my friends.

William Shakespeare

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste.

William Shakespeare

His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up, And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!

William Shakespeare

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.

William Shakespeare

Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.

William Shakespeare

Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war.

William Shakespeare

We do not keep the outward form of order, where there is deep disorder in the mind.

William Shakespeare

The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life.

William Shakespeare

I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 141: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes

In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote.
Nor are mine cars with thy tongue's tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone;
But my five wits, nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unswayed the likeness of a man,
Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be.
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.

William Shakespeare
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