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by William Shakespeare
After the Bible no one and no book is quoted more often than Shakespeare. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations devotes 70 pages to his quotes. I'm only going to list a dozen or so here. There are hundreds of famous Shakespeare quotes, some that you probably use without even knowing that they came from Shakespeare. For example, "one swell swoop", "strange bedfellows", "wild-goose chase", "bated breath", "we have seen better days", "budge an inch", "eaten me out of house and home", "foregone conclusion", "good riddance" and "knock, knock! Who's There?" all come from Shakespeare. And I could go on—but I'll stop—well, because— "what the dikens"? "What's done is done!" A good book about Shakespeare's common phrases is Brush Up Your Shakespeare! by Michael Macrone.
about William Shakespeare
Sources for Quotations
I use various sources for quotations on this site. Below are the most common sources I use. I also draw from my own collection of quotes and from primary sources.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition. John Bartlett, Justin Kaplan, editors. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1992.
The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation. Richard Kenin and Justin Wintle, editors. Dorset Press, New York, 1978
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, fourth edition. Angela Partington, editor. Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 1992
Peter's Quotations by Laurence J. Peter. Bantam Books, New York, 1980
The Quotations Page. <http://www.quotationspage.com/>
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