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Quotes Mistakenly Attributed to Shakespeare

Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.
- Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)

No man is an island. - John Donne (The Bait, 1624)

Come live with me and be my love. - Christopher Marlowe (Passionate Shepherd to his Love, 1599)

For you suffer fools gladly, seeing yourself as wise. - II Corinthians 11:19.

Remember, that time is money. - Benjamin Franklin (Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748)

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. - 14th-Century proverb famously recalled in Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack

Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
- William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 1.1)

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
- William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 3.8)

I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley (Invictus, 1875)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnets from the Portuguese, 1850)

So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear,
Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost;
Evil be thou my Good.
- John Milton (Paradise Lost, bk.iv,1.108, 1667)

War is the trade of kings. - John Dryden (King Arthur, II.ii, 1691)

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. -- Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, 1859)

The law is a ass. -- Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, 1838)

These lovely lamps, these windows of the soul. -- Guillaume Du Bartas (Divine Weekes and Workes, Sixth Day)


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