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With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
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I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.
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Death is a fearful thing.
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Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
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There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.
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We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
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The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.
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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
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Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.
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Nothing can come of nothing.
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Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
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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.
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Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
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To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
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Brevity is the soul of wit.
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Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
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No legacy is so rich as honesty.
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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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What's done can't be undone.
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The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.
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Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
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When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
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Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
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Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.
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But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
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Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
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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!
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The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
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O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
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The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
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Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
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Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
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There's many a man has more hair than wit.
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I was adored once too.
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How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
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The wheel is come full circle.
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To be, or not to be, that is the question.
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Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
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Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
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The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.
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I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.
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O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
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As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
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Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.
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O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!
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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
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I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
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Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
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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.
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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
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By that sin fell the angels.
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The course of true love never did run smooth.
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Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
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Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.
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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
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There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
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Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
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God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
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I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
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What is past is prologue.
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Farewell, fair cruelty.
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Now is the winter of our discontent.
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Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
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We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
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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.
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Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
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When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
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O, had I but followed the arts!
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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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Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.
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The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
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What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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This above all; to thine own self be true.
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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
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Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
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O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.
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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
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There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.
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It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
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The golden age is before us, not behind us.
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How well he's read, to reason against reading!
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As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.
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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.
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Death is a fearful thing.
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This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.
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He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.
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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?
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If music be the food of love, play on.
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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.
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Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
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Listen to many, speak to a few.
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I must be cruel, only to be kind.
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I say there is no darkness but ignorance.
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Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
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Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
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Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
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Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
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False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
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Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.
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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
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Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
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Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
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