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by: William Shakespeare

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it; that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die. —
That strain again! It had a dying fall:
O, it came oer my ear, like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour. Enough! No more.
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.

--Orsino, Act I, scene i

Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has: but I am a great eater of beef and I believe that does harm to my wit.

--Sir Andrew, Act I, scene iii

Is it a world to hide virtues in?

--Sir Toby Belch, Act I, scene iii

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

--Feste, Act I, scene v

Oh Time, thou must untangle this, not I;
It is too hard a knot for me to untie.

--Viola, Act II, scene ii

Youth's a stuff will not endure.

--Clown, Act II, scene iii

She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek: she pin'd in thought,
And, with a green and yellow melancholy,
She sat like Patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief.

--Viola, Act II, scene iv

Then let thy love be younger than thyself,
Or thy affection cannot hold the bent;
For women are as roses, whose fair flower
Being once display'd, doth fall that very hour.

--Duke Orsino, Act II, scene iv

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

--Malvolio, Act II, scene v

Now is the woodcock near the gin.

--Fabian, Act II, scene v

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, cheque at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practise
As full of labour as a wise man's art
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit.

--Viola, Act III, scene i

O, world, how apt the poor are to be proud!

--Olivia, Act III, scene i

If one should be a prey, how much the better
To fall before the lion than the wolf!

--Olivia, Act III, scene i

Love's night is noon.

--Olivia, Act III, scene i

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

--Olivia, Act III, scene i

I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood.

--Viola, Act III, scene iv

Out of the jaws of death.

--Antonio, Act III, scene iv

In nature there's no blemish but the mind;
None can be called deformed but the unkind.

--Antonio, Act III, scene iv

Virtue is beauty, but the beauteous evil
Are empty trunks o'erflourish'd by the devil.

--Antonio, Act III, scene iv

That, that is, is.

--Feste, Act IV, scene ii

Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

--Clown, Act V, scene i

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