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Quotes by William Shakespeare

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Wikipedia Summary for William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard"). His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. At age 49 (around 1613), he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his sexuality, his religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, among them Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language. In the last phase of his life, he wrote tragicomedies (also known as romances) and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of Shakespeare's plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy in his lifetime. However, in 1623, two fellow actors and friends of Shakespeare's, John Heminges and Henry Condell, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of Shakespeare's dramatic works that included all but two of his plays. The volume was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Jonson presciently hailed Shakespeare in a now-famous quote as "not of an age, but for all time".

Quote: Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of rainbow
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Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.


Quote: A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.


Quote: Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of pink tree
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Love looks not with eyes, but with the mind.


Blessed are the peacemakers on earth.


Quote: Beauty lives with kindness. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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Beauty lives with kindness.


Quote: Beauty within itself should not be wasted. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of close-up photo of pink flower
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Beauty within itself should not be wasted.


Quote: Love denied blights the soul we owe to God. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime
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Love denied blights the soul we owe to God.


Quote: If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens
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If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.


Quote: A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of brown leaf on asphalt road
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A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.


Quote: These flowers are like the pleasures of the world. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of pink flowers with white background
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These flowers are like the pleasures of the world.


Quote: Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
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Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best.


Quote: My heart is ever at your service. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of close-up photo of pink flower
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My heart is ever at your service.


Quote: Who is it can read a woman? by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
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Who is it can read a woman?


He is as full of valor as of kindness. Princely in both.


Quote: Great floods have flown From simple sources. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photography of lake near tree
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Great floods have flown From simple sources.


Quote: Make use of time, let not advantage slip. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of person holding brown sand close-up photography
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Make use of time, let not advantage slip.


Quote: Society is no comfort, to one not sociable. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of white petaled flower bloom during daytime
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Society is no comfort, to one not sociable.


Quote: There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.


Quote: The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of red surface
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The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope.


Quote: This above all: to thine own self be true. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of autumn leaves on body of water
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This above all: to thine own self be true.


Quote: There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of orange and white cat on brown table
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There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.


Quote: He that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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He that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends.


Quote: One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown and black bird
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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin, That all with one consent praise new-born gauds, Though they are made and moulded of things past, And give to dust that is a little gilt More laud than gilt o'er-dusted. The present eye praises the present object.


Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.


Quote: There's many a man has more hair than wit. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo og calm body of water
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There's many a man has more hair than wit.


Quote: Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime
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Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.


Quote: Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of round Timex analog clock at 2:33
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Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.


Quote: It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of library shelf near black wooden ladder
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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.


Quote: With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base? by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?


Quote: Why, the wrong is but a wrong i'th'world; and having the world for your labour, 'tis a wrong in your own world, and you might quickly make it a right. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Why, the wrong is but a wrong i'th'world; and having the world for your labour, 'tis a wrong in your own world, and you might quickly make it a right.


Quote: Mother, I will look to like. If looking liking moves. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Mother, I will look to like. If looking liking moves.


Quote: Oh heaven! Were man but constant, he were perfect. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Oh heaven! Were man but constant, he were perfect.


Quote: Ad many strokes, though with little ax, hew down and fell the hardest timbered oak. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Ad many strokes, though with little ax, hew down and fell the hardest timbered oak.


Quote: Those happiest smiles that played on her ripe lips seemed not to know what guests were in her eyes, which parted thence as pearls from diamonds dropped. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Those happiest smiles that played on her ripe lips seemed not to know what guests were in her eyes, which parted thence as pearls from diamonds dropped.


Quote: Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted friend, more hideous when thou showest thee in a child, than the sea monster. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted friend, more hideous when thou showest thee in a child, than the sea monster.


Quote: How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!


Quote: If I lose mine honor, I lose myself. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.


Quote: Unregarded age in corners thrown. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Unregarded age in corners thrown.


Quote: The bitter clamour of two eager tongues. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

The bitter clamour of two eager tongues.


Quote: Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er~fraught heart and bids it break. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er~fraught heart and bids it break.


Quote: It is time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

It is time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.


Quote: Riveted, screwed to my memory. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Riveted, screwed to my memory.


Quote: Our enemies are our outward consciences. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Our enemies are our outward consciences.


Quote: I will chide no brother in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

I will chide no brother in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.


Quote: How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.


Quote: For nothing can seem foul to those that win. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

For nothing can seem foul to those that win.


Quote: May flight of Angels sing thee to thy rest. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

May flight of Angels sing thee to thy rest.


Quote: God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.


Quote: Every third thought shall be my grave. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Every third thought shall be my grave.


Quote: I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: 
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight.


Quote: Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love; we cannot call her winds and waters, sighs and tears; they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Her passions are made of nothing but the finest part of pure love; we cannot call her winds and waters, sighs and tears; they are greater storms and tempests than almanacs can report.


Quote: This is the very ecstasy of love,
Whose violent property fordoes itself
And leads the will to desperate undertakings
As oft as any passion under heaven
That does afflict our natures. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

This is the very ecstasy of love,
Whose violent property fordoes itself
And leads the will to desperate undertakings
As oft as any passion under heaven
That does afflict our natures.


Quote: If we are mark'd to die, we are enough To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

If we are mark'd to die, we are enough To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour.


Quote: O, then, what graces in my love do dwell,. That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell! by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

O, then, what graces in my love do dwell,. That he hath turn'd a heaven unto a hell!


Quote: Hath Romeo slain himself? Say thou but ay,
And that bare vowel ay shall poison more
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
I am not I,if there be such an ay,
Or those eyes shut,that make thee answer ay:
If he be slain say ay,or if not,no:
Brief sounds,determine of my weal or woe. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of William Shakespeare quote: Hath Romeo slain himself? Say thou but ay,
And that bare vowel ay shall poison more
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
I am not I,if there be such an ay,
Or those eyes shut,that make thee answer ay:
If he be slain say ay,or if not,no:
Brief sounds,determine of my weal or woe.- black text on quotes background

Hath Romeo slain himself? Say thou but ay,
And that bare vowel ay shall poison more
Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
I am not I,if there be such an ay,
Or those eyes shut,that make thee answer ay:
If he be slain say ay,or if not,no:
Brief sounds,determine of my weal or woe.


Quote: To be or not to be, that is the question. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

To be or not to be, that is the question.


Quote: Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow as seek to quench the fire of love with words. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow as seek to quench the fire of love with words.


Quote: He kills her in her own humor. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

He kills her in her own humor.


Quote: From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.


Quote: A murderer and a villain; a slave that is not twentieth part the tithe of your precedent lord; a vice of kings; a cutpurse of the empire and the rule. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

A murderer and a villain; a slave that is not twentieth part the tithe of your precedent lord; a vice of kings; a cutpurse of the empire and the rule.


Quote: O good Horatio, what a wounded name,
Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story...
O, I die, Horatio;. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

O good Horatio, what a wounded name,
Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!
If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart
Absent thee from felicity awhile,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story...
O, I die, Horatio;.


Quote: Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death, and danger dare,
Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honor's at the stake. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death, and danger dare,
Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honor's at the stake.


Quote: Well said, old mole! by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Well said, old mole!


Quote: I will be brief. Your noble son is mad. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

I will be brief. Your noble son is mad.


Quote: Good counsellors lack no clients. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Good counsellors lack no clients.


Quote: Much ado about nothing. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Much ado about nothing.


Quote: There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip; Nay, her foot speaks. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip; Nay, her foot speaks.


Quote: Good things should be praised. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Good things should be praised.


Quote: May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Not only is it Sum­mer Sol­stice, there is a Full Moon. May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day.


Quote: England is safe, if true within itself. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

England is safe, if true within itself.


Quote: Fight till the last gasp. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Fight till the last gasp.


Quote: Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.


Quote: Profit is a blessing, if it's not stolen. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Profit is a blessing, if it's not stolen.


Quote: Love is familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Love is familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.


Quote: Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.


Quote: For new-made honor doth forget men's names. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

For new-made honor doth forget men's names.


Quote: Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me and my life is done. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; take honor from me and my life is done.


Quote: And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

And oftentimes excusing of a fault Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse, As patches set upon a little breach, Discredit more in hiding of the fault Than did the fault before it was so patch'd.


Quote: The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

The evil that men do lives after them;The good is oft interred with their bones.


Quote: There is plenty of time to sleep in the grave. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

There is plenty of time to sleep in the grave.


Quote: Oh! How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Oh! How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.


Quote: Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts.


Quote: I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

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


Quote: Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues.


Quote: An honest tale speeds best being plainly told. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.


Quote: The present eye praises the present object. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

The present eye praises the present object.


Quote: If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

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


Quote: When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
Lends the tongue vows. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
Lends the tongue vows.


Quote: Tempt not a desperate man. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Tempt not a desperate man.


Quote: Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.


Quote: O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.


Quote: Be still prepared for death: and death or life shall thereby be the sweeter. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Be still prepared for death: and death or life shall thereby be the sweeter.


Quote: Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily.


Quote: Conscience is a thousand swords. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Conscience is a thousand swords.


Quote: My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent.


Quote: Guiltiness will speak, though tongues were out of use. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Guiltiness will speak, though tongues were out of use.


Quote: How use doth breed a habit in a man. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

How use doth breed a habit in a man.


Quote: Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.


Quote: In thy foul throat thou liest. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

In thy foul throat thou liest.


Quote: My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, assist me! by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, assist me!


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