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The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i