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  • Here come the lovers, full of joy and mirth.- Joy, gentle friends! joy and fresh days of love Accompany your hearts!
    (William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream")

  • He hath disgrac'd me and hind'red me half a million; laugh'd at my losses, mock'd at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated my enemies. And what's his reason? I am a Jew.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Away, boy, from the troops, and save thyself;
    For friends kill friends, and the disorder's such
    As war were hoodwink'd.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • My good friends, I'll leave you till night.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
    (William Shakespeare)


  • Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny. They that have done this deed are honourable What private griefs they have, alas I know not, That made them do it they are wise and honourable, And will no doubts wit.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • Warwick, these words have turn'd my hate to love;
    And I forgive and quite forget old faults,
    And joy that thou becom'st King Henry's friend.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Marcus Andronicus, so I do affy
    In thy uprightness and integrity,
    And so I love and honour thee and thine,
    Thy noble brother Titus and his sons,
    And her to whom my thoughts are humbled all,
    Gracious Lavinia, Rome's rich ornament,
    That I will here dismiss my loving friends,
    And to my fortunes and the people's favour
    Commit my cause in balance to be weigh'd.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • Tell him when that our princely father York
    Bless'd his three sons with his victorious arm
    And charg'd us from his soul to love each other,
    He little thought of this divided friendship.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • This world to me is like a lasting storm, Whirring me from my friends.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd
    That heaven had made her such a man; she thank'd me,
    And bade me, if I had a friend that loved her,
    I should but teach him how to tell my story,
    And that would woo her.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • The statute of thy beauty thou wilt take,
    Thou usurer, that putt'st forth all to use,
    And sue a friend, came debtor for my sake;
    So him I lose through my unkind abuse.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • I rais'd him, and I pawn'd
    Mine honour for his truth; who being so heighten'd,
    He watered his new plants with dews of flattery,
    Seducing so my friends; and to this end
    He bow'd his nature, never known before
    But to be rough, unswayable, and free.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")

  • I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul remembering my good friends.
    (William Shakespeare)

  • The great man down, you mark his favourite flies,
    The poor advanc'd makes friends of enemies;
    And hitherto doth love on fortune tend,
    For who not needs shall never lack a friend,
    And who in want a hollow friend doth try,
    Directly seasons him his enemy.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")


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