Shakespeare Quotes And Sayings

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Shakespeare will not make us better, and he will not make us worse, but he may teach us how to overhear ourselves when we talk to ourselves... he may teach us how to accept change in ourselves as in others, and perhaps even the final form of change.
~By Harold Bloom ~


In speaking, for convenience, of devices and expedients, I did not intend to imply that Shakespeare always deliberately aimed at the effects which he produced.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


When I was an undergraduate I had very badly annotated editions of Shakespeare's sonnets, all of which left out the important fact that will has a sexual sense in Shakespeare's sonnets.
~By Thom Gunn ~


Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
~By Howard Nemerov ~


Well it is certainly the case that the poems - which were in fact published during Shakespeare's lifetime - are weird if they began or originated in this form, as I think they did, because the poems get out of control.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


The only line that's wrong in Shakespeare is 'holding a mirror up to nature.' You hold a magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it enough so that your audience can identify with the situation. If it were a mirror, we would have no art.
~By Montgomery Clift ~


I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20.
~By John Lithgow ~


What Shakespeare and the Greeks were able to do was radically question what it meant to be a human being.
~By Edward Bond ~


What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square.
~By Alex Cox ~


Nobody's ever called me Sir Richard. Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard and think there's some Shakespearean play taking place. But nowhere else anyway.
~By Richard Branson ~


I had never done Shakespeare before, but I don't think you can be an actor and not do it. There were moments when I thought, I'm just not going to be able to pull this off.
~By Jessica Lange ~


You have to work with what you are given, even in Shakespeare. we have our form and it is important that we free ourselves through it.
~By Ajay Naidu ~


I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
~By Charles Darwin ~


It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare.
~By Judi Dench ~


It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race.
~By Lafcadio Hearn ~


Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.
~By Eugene Ionesco ~


In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
~By Hubert H. Humphrey ~


I've never really had a desire to do Shakespeare. For me, it's just too many lines.
~By Daniel Craig ~


In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal.
~By Lytton Strachey ~


Shakespeare fascinated me. He hardly ever left the country. His imagination was worldwide though reading.
~By Michael Tippett ~


Shakespeare is like mother's milk to me.
~By John Lithgow ~


In college, I started out doing musicals and Shakespeare.
~By Ray Liotta ~


Our job is to make manifest the story, to be it. In a sense, the theatre is such a big star itself, bigger than any Shakespearean actor I could hire, that we should take the opportunity to fill it with voice and verse and movement, not interpretation.
~By Mark Rylance ~


I don't know how this company got the name National Shakespeare Company, because it was literally like retards employing retards.
~By Rob Corddry ~


To me, Shakespeare uses the supernatural elements to reveal his character's inner desires and fears.
~By John Foster ~


Anything well written with good language and clarity and honesty is worth doing. It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare.
~By Michael Moriarty ~


When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn't writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.
~By Ken Kesey ~


Jacobean plays, before Shakespeare, were particularly visceral.
~By Christopher Eccleston ~


With Westerns you have the landscape is important, and it's empty, and only you populate it. When you populate it, you can tell any kind story that Shakespeare told, you can tell in a Western.
~By Lawrence Kasdan ~


My dream as a youngster was to be like Olivier. To be a great stage actor. To be a great Shakespearean actor. To me that is the Olympics of acting.
~By Armand Assante ~


I'd like to do more Shakespeare. I'd like to do Iago in Othello. I look so benign. It would be interesting to see that black evil come out of my soul.
~By Kyle MacLachlan ~


I believe that nothing comes of nothing, even in Shakespeare. I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working with and what he did with that matter.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


We have cut the text, but what remains are Shakespeare's words.
~By Edward Hall ~


The greatest crime in a Shakespeare play is to murder the king.
~By Alex Cox ~


Sometimes I just crave to play in Shakespeare again and I know and love playing Orlando so much.
~By Basil Rathbone ~


When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses, you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors.
~By Stephen Sondheim ~


First of all, Shakespeare is about pleasure and interest. He was from the first moment he actually wrote something for the stage, and he remains so.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality.
~By Kenneth Branagh ~


I'd like to be for cinema what Shakespeare was for theatre, Marx for politics and Freud for psychology: someone after whom nothing is as it used to be.
~By Rainer W. Fassbinder ~


It's not that Shakespeare is frivolous, but you spend your time just getting people to dress up in other people's costumes and pretending to be people that they're not, and you think, after the years go by, well, what on earth was all that about?
~By Jonathan Miller ~


I never wanted to become an actress because I'd read great literature or seen great Shakespeare. It was more just wanting to understand what the people were really like, why they said all the strange things they did.
~By Julie Walters ~


Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than this idea and goes beyond it; but it includes it, and it is worth while to observe the identity of the two in a certain point which is often ignored.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


It is not that Shakespeare's art is in technicolor and fancy, and that real life is black and white and tedious. The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had, and he had to use it to create what he was doing.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


There's that old adage about how there's only seven plots in the world and Shakespeare's done them all before.
~By Terri Windling ~


I'll bet Shakespeare compromised himself a lot; anybody who's in the entertainment industry does to some extent.
~By Christopher Isherwood ~


Sondheim is the Shakespeare of the musical theater world.
~By Mandy Patinkin ~


A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
~By Robert Graves ~


And I just think that to introduce an unknown Shakespeare is thrilling, too - not to do Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet, to do the richer Shakespeare. People will come to this and not know the story.
~By Julie Taymor ~


It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.
~By M. H. Abrams ~


Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare's world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend - someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.
~By Patrick Stewart ~


Shakespeare was not meant for taverns, nor for tavern louts.
~By Samuel G. Engel ~


If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?
~By Steven Wright ~


Shakespeare is the one who gets re-interpreted most frequently.
~By Sam Waterston ~


If you think about Shakespeare, you remember Richard III and Macbeth before you remember Ferdinand, whose role is just to fall in love and be a bit of a wimp. I love the baddies. More important, though, is making the baddies somehow, weirdly, understood.
~By Mark Strong ~


And it was the idea that you can do a play - like a Shakespeare play, or any well-written play, Arthur Miller, whatever - and say things you could never imagine saying, never imagine thinking in your own life.
~By James Earl Jones ~


I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
~By Spike Milligan ~


If you got what it takes, you'll make it. If you don't, Shakespeare couldn't help you.
~By Jack L. Chalker ~


The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.
~By Kenneth Branagh ~


You can find more traditional Shakespeare than we do. But what we want to bring to these works is energy, passion, freshness.
~By John Bradshaw ~


A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind.
~By Gustav Stresemann ~


Now a Protestant confronting a Catholic ghost is exactly Shakespeare's way of grappling with what was not simply a general social problem but one lived out in his own life.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare - let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
~By Chaim Potok ~


Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.
~By Brendan Behan ~


The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare.
~By Marshall McLuhan ~


People have known of Shakespeare's homosexuality down through the ages.
~By George Weinberg ~


Shakespeare wrote great plays that we're still watching all these years later. Charlie Chaplin made great comedies and they are still as funny today as they ever were.
~By Leonard Maltin ~


We cannot arrive at Shakespeare's whole dramatic way of looking at the world from his tragedies alone, as we can arrive at Milton's way of regarding things, or at Wordsworth's or at Shelley's, by examining almost any one of their important works.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.
~By Andrew Denton ~


In approaching our subject it will be best, without attempting to shorten the path by referring to famous theories of the drama, to start directly from the facts, and to collect from them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


Shakespeare has no answers for us at all.
~By Edward Bond ~


Well, as a kid I did not get Shakespeare. I just never understood it.
~By Alanis Morissette ~


Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down.
~By George Byron ~


I couldn't believe verse was supposed to be hard. It was a snap for me. I loved Shakespeare.
~By Ted Lange ~


Was there ever such stuff as great as part of Shakespeare? Only one must not say so! But what think you? - What? - Is there not sad stuff? What? - What?
~By George III ~


Shakespeare also introduces the supernatural into some of his tragedies; he introduces ghosts, and witches who have supernatural knowledge.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man in high estate. But it is clearly much more than this, and we have now to regard it from another side.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important. He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive.
~By Rita Dove ~


I'm lucky enough to work with, I think, the greatest writer there's ever been, Shakespeare. Whose collected works would always be under my pillow if I was only ever allowed one book to keep, and who never bores me.
~By Samuel West ~


Shakespeare in Love... such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.
~By Anita Diament ~


My writing improved the more I wrote - and the more I read good writing, from Shakespeare on down.
~By Dick Schaap ~


Doing Shakespeare in the Park has always been a dream. Everyone else says Hamlet, but I want to play Romeo.
~By Aaron Yoo ~


I cannot understate the ability to handle classical texts such as Shakespeare.
~By Louise Jameson ~


Shakespeare very rarely makes the least attempt to surprise by his catastrophes. They are felt to be inevitable, though the precise way in which they will be brought about is not, of course, foreseen.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and poet of the English language, lived in a time that was politically very conservative and it's reflected in his writings.
~By Alex Cox ~


I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.
~By Ian Mckellen ~


I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.
~By George Bernard Shaw ~


I don't admire Freud as much as some people do. Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet. It would have been a disaster.
~By Nathalie Sarraute ~


Shaw is like a train. One just speaks the words and sits in one's place. But Shakespeare is like bathing in the sea - one swims where one wants.
~By Vivien Leigh ~


Classical plays require more imagination and more general training to be able to do. That's why I like playing Shakespeare better than anything else.
~By Vivien Leigh ~


I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education.
~By Tallulah Bankhead ~


But I don't think there has ever been anything written on the nature of violent man as deep and as thorough as Shakespeare's Titus. I think it puts all modern movies and modern exploitations of violence to shame.
~By Julie Taymor ~


English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind.
~By Lytton Strachey ~


You rarely pay the rent by doing Shakespeare or Ibsen.
~By Mandy Patinkin ~


The Shakespeare that Shakespeare became is the name that's attached to these astonishing objects that he left behind.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


I was already devouring literature and I was the ripe old age of 15 when I decided to be an actor. I just thought plays were the most fantastic way of expressing life. I thought I'd discovered Shakespeare - 'hey, there's a new guy in town, don't know if anyone's read him.' I was just excited about the whole thing, from day one.
~By Chiwetel Ejiofor ~


The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
~By Robert Graves ~


I'd like to do a piece of Shakespeare. Any upcoming Shakespeare film. Just a bit to say I did a classic.
~By Jim Varney ~


Because Shakespeare's language is so expansive, we're under this misconception that it's difficult. But I discovered that it's easy because it's so brilliantly written. The words are perfect, and the language is intelligent and very emotional.
~By Jessica Lange ~

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