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  A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Be great in act, as you have been in thought.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Things base and vile, holding no quantity, love can transpose to form and dignity.  
 -  William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
  

  No legacy is so rich as honesty.  
 -  William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
  

  Let me not live, after my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff of younger spirits.  
 -  William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
  

  Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.  
 -  William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
  

  When valour preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Antony And Cleopatra
  

  The nature of bad news infects the teller.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Antony And Cleopatra
  

  A fool doth think himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.  
 -  William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  

  A very little thief of occasion will rob you of great deal of patience.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
  

  Listen to many, speak to a few.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  

  Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  

  This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  

  While you live, tell truth, and shame the devil!  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry IV
  

  As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark... so may a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry V
  

  Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush to be an officer.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  

  It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  

  Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?  
 -  William Shakespeare, Measure For Masure
  

  Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure
  

  How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?  
 -  William Shakespeare, Othello
  

  Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Othello
  

  You shall more command with years than with your weapons.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Othello
  

  Tempt not a desperate man.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet
  

  My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet
  

  Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  

  If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet
  

  April hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVIII
  

  They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice
  

  It is a wise father that knows his own child.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice
  

  The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice
  

  The common curse of mankind - folly and ignorance.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Troilus And Cressida
  

  They do not love that do not show their love.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen Of Verona
  

  As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen Of Verona
  

  Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I count myself in nothing else so happy - as in soul remembering my good friends.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  No legacy is so rich as honesty.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  April hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Make use of time, let not advantage slip.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. And the best of me is diligence.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  O curse of marriage that we can call these delicate creatures ours and not their appetites!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Fortune, good night; smile once more, turn thy wheel.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Don't share your top secret with anyone. Because, if you yourself can't keep your secrets, don't expect somebody else to keep it.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  When I first saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Things base and vile, holding no quantity, love can transpose to form and dignity.  
 -  William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
  

  A fool doth think himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.  
 -  William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  

  Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.  
 -  William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  

  Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as Man's ingratitude.  
 -  William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  

  Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind as Man's ingratitude.  
 -  William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  

  An old man is twice a child.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  

  To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  

  While you live, tell truth, and shame the devil!  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry IV
  

  As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark... so may a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry V
  

  As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark... so may a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry V
  

  Trust not him that has once broken faith.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Do not cast away an honest man for a villain's accusation.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VIII
  

  Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  

  Strong reasons make strong actions.  
 -  William Shakespeare, King John
  

  But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Macbeth
  

  Drink provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Macbeth
  

  Drink provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Macbeth
  

  Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure
  

  O, what may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!  
 -  William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure
  

  Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure
  

  Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?  
 -  William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure
  

  How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?  
 -  William Shakespeare, Othello
  

  Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Othello
  

  I wasted time, and now doth time wate me.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Richard II
  

  If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet
  

  My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Romeo And Juliet
  

  It is a wise father that knows his own child.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice
  

  They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice
  

  The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice
  

  Love's best habit is a soothing tongue.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim
  

  Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Rape Of Lucrece
  

  Though men can cover crimes with bold stern looks, poor women's faces are their own faults' books.  
 -  William Shakespeare, The Rape Of Lucrece
  

  Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Timon Of Athens
  

  Expectation is the root of all heartache.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  This the curse of service: Preferment goes by letter and affection, and not by old gradation, where each second stood heir to the first.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  The valiant never taste of death but once.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Death is a fearful thing.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  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!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  There's no trust, no faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, all forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  But men are men; the best sometimes forget.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird's life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Each substance of a grief hath twenty shadows  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Patch grief with proverbs  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  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.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Mine honor is my life; both grow in one; Take honor from me, and my life is done.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  There is no darkness but ignorance.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I say there is no darkness but ignorance.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  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.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  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!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  They say miracles are past.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  To be a well-favored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  How well he's read, to reason against reading!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  When valour preys on reason, it eats the sword it fights with.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  How well he's read, to reason against reading!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  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.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  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.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Society is no comfort to one not sociable.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

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

  Women may fall when there's no strength in men.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Brevity is the soul of wit.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Season's Greetings and best wishes for the New Year.  
 -  William Shakespeare