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Quotes of the Day for 28 December 2000 – Shakespeare

When John Bartlett first published "Familiar Quotations" in 1855, fully a third of the pages were devoted to the Bible and Shakespeare. When I look back over the quotes used in the roughly two hundred days since I took over Quotes of the Day in June I see that I have only used four Shakespeare quotations out of over eight hundred. I think it's time to add a few more.

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The quotes:

Zounds! I was never so bethumped with words since I first called my brother's father dad.
     - William Shakespeare, King John

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
     - William Shakespeare, A Midsummer-Night's Dream

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger.
     - William Shakespeare, Henry V

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
     - William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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