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Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.
There’s place and means for every man alive.
Listen to many, speak to a few.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
No legacy is so rich as honesty.
Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.
My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
This above all; to thine own self be true.
If music be the food of love, play on.
The wheel is come full circle.
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
What’s done can’t be undone.
Now is the winter of our discontent.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
To be, or not to be, that is the question.
What is past is prologue.
Nothing can come of nothing.
Give thy thoughts no tongue.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind.
But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.
I was adored once too.
By that sin fell the angels.
I must be cruel, only to be kind.
There is no darkness but ignorance.
So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
O, had I but followed the arts!
Such as we are made of, such we be.
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
Let no such man be trusted.
Men’s vows are women’s traitors!
For my part, it was Greek to me.
An overflow of good converts to bad.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!
The valiant never taste of death but once.
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
I will praise any man that will praise me.
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.
Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
Exceeds man’s might: that dwells with the gods above.
He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Love is too young to know what conscience is.
We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.
‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
I bear a charmed life.
They say miracles are past.
Speak low, if you speak love.
My pride fell with my fortunes.
Having nothing, nothing can he lose.
Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.
I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.
When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.
He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
‘Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.
It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.
If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
There’s many a man has more hair than wit.
The attempt and not the deed confounds us.
They do not love that do not show their love.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
Time and the hour run through the roughest day.
Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.
There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.
He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.
There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.
The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.
The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
How well he’s read, to reason against reading!
The golden age is before us, not behind us.
Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.
I am not bound to please thee with my answer.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
Death is a fearful thing.
To do a great right do a little wrong.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.
No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.
Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.
O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
And why not death rather than living torment? To die is to be banish’d from myself; And Silvia is myself: banish’d from her Is self from self: a deadly banishment!
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!
Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne’er loved them.
O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
I dote on his very absence.
For I can raise no money by vile means.
Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.
There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting.
Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he’s an enemy to mankind.
O’ What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!
Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.
I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive.
Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.
Well, if Fortune be a woman, she’s a good wench for this gear.
Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!
‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.
As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.
‘Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.
And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.
O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.
Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.
I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.
If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.
O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
The stroke of death is as a lover’s pinch, which hurts and is desired.
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!
The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.
How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.
Thou know’st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from… Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
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?
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, his acts being seven ages.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
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