What Are Some Famous Shakespearean Quotes?


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Among the many famous quotes from the works of William Shakespeare are the following quotes from "Hamlet": "To be, or not to be: that is the question," from the main character's soliloquy contemplating suicide, and, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." The latter was spoken by Queen Gertrude.

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"Julius Caesar" contains the famous words spoken by Caesar when he sees his friend participating in his murder, "Et tu, Brute!" and the words of Mark Antony, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him." Caesar's words to his treasonous "friend" are still used in modern language to emphasize betrayal. Antony speaks the second quotation at Caesar's funeral, having promised not to blame those responsible for Caesar's death. He keeps his word with carefully constructed sentences that point out the attributes of Caesar and highlight the bad characteristics of his murderers.

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