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My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics.
~By William Kempe ~


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 do think that, for instance, we've been very lucky to have theatrical careers and be associated with Shakespeare which sometimes gives you a kind of bogus kudos.
~By Kenneth Branagh ~


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 ~


Most of my career has been spent with the RSC doing Shakespeare, and the thing you learn from Shakespeare is that his historical plays don't bear anything other than a basic resemblance to history.
~By Antony Sher ~


In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind. It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology. Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary.
~By Harold Bloom ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


If you see the Sopranos, you're not going to be speaking in the Shakespearean English.
~By Lucy Liu ~


There's a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they'd eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn't true.
~By Ian Hart ~


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 ~


There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.
~By Alexis de Tocqueville ~


Shakespeare doesn't really write subtext, you play the subtext.
~By Gary Oldman ~


I wasn't always such a great fan of Shakespeare, mind you. I can guess we all at one time had it rammed down our necks at school, which tends to take the edge off it.
~By Christopher Eccleston ~


I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
~By Ben Okri ~


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 ~


When I first started acting, and we would all sit down and talk about Shakespeare and how great it was. I thought well, I suppose it is.
~By Judy Davis ~


In Shakespearean tragedy the main source of the convulsion which produces suffering and death is never good: good contributes to this convulsion only from its tragic implication with its opposite in one and the same character.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


I think Shakespeare is really the one. Words as music and music as words. Everything he wrote was good, which is really frightening.
~By Don Van Vliet ~


An actor should be ready to play any role within reason. For example, I think the most ridiculous thing for me to do would be to try and play Shakespeare.
~By Glenn Ford ~


It's an intuitive exercise to do a Shakespeare play and to go through a Shakespeare play.
~By Mark Rylance ~


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 ~


This was Shakespeare's form; who walked in every path of human life, felt every passion; and to all mankind doth now, will ever, that experience yield which his own genius only could acquire.
~By Mark Akenside ~


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'd like people to remember me for a diligent expert workman. I think a poet is a workman. I think Shakespeare was a workman. And God's a workman. I don't think there's anything better than a workman.
~By Laurence Olivier ~


Wouldn't you like to have heard the voice of Shakespeare, or Jesus Christ?
~By Henry Irving ~


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


First of all, there was a volcano of words, an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used before that had never been used in the English language before. It's astonishing. It pours out of him.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


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


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


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


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 ~


Most people, even among those who know Shakespeare well and come into real contact with his mind, are inclined to isolate and exaggerate some one aspect of the tragic fact.
~By Andrew Coyle Bradley ~


How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians.
~By Horace Walpole ~


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


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


I don't fool myself. I can't see myself doing Shakespeare.
~By Sharon Tate ~


I'm a games and theory kind of guy. I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose.
~By Neil Patrick Harris ~


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


Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.
~By Lloyd Alexander ~


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


And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.
~By James Broughton ~


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 ~


Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor... But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him.
~By John Ritter ~


Prior to Wordsworth, humor was an essential part of poetry. I mean, they don't call them Shakespeare comedies for nothing.
~By William Collins ~


I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.
~By Anthony Hopkins ~


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 ~


Read not Milton, for he is dry; nor Shakespeare, for he wrote of common life.
~By Charles Stuart Calverley ~


To judge therefore of Shakespeare by Aristotle's rule is like trying a man by the Laws of one Country who acted under those of another.
~By Elizabeth Montagu ~


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 ~


It's a perfectly valid position to not like Shakespeare.
~By Ted Rall ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


Normally, I could hit hard enough, as anyone who studied my fights might have known. But the impression was that I was essentially defensive, the very reverse of a killer, the prize fighter who read books, even Shakespeare.
~By Gene Tunney ~


Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.
~By James Joyce ~


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


Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation.
~By Denzel Washington ~


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 ~


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 ~


I believe that it is a whole lifetime of work on Shakespeare's part that enabled him to do what he did. But the question is how you can explain this whole lifetime in such a way to make it accessible and available to us, to me.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I'm not denying they exist. But it's a far more philistine country than people think.
~By Colin Firth ~


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 ~


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


It was easier to do Shakespeare than a lot of modern movie scripts that are so poorly written.
~By Jessica Lange ~


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 ~


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 ~


I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act.
~By Laurence Olivier ~


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


A team is a team is a team. Shakespeare said that many times.
~By Dan Devine ~


Characters are an extreme form in Shakespeare's theater.
~By Michael Tippett ~


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 ~


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


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


Yes, it's true, I've been called the Laurence Olivier of spoofs. I guess that would make Laurence Olivier the Leslie Nielsen of Shakespeare.
~By Leslie Nielsen ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


It is true that there are few plays of Shakespeare that I haven't done.
~By Judi Dench ~


If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
~By William Hazlitt ~


What if Shakespeare had had a test audience for Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet?
~By Brendan Fraser ~


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


This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.
~By Virginia Woolf ~


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 ~


With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books.
~By Peter Abrahams ~


The society Shakespeare knew was heading for tremendous change, and he seems to have recognized that and written about it in a coded way. I understand those codes, I think.
~By Vanessa Redgrave ~


I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
~By James M. Barrie ~


I acknowledge Shakespeare to be the world's greatest dramatic poet, but regret that no parent could place the uncorrected book in the hands of his daughter, and therefore I have prepared the Family Shakespeare.
~By Thomas Bowdler ~


I had a feeling about Shakespeare's soliloquies, that there should be a real exchange between the actor and the audience.
~By Trevor Nunn ~


Shakespeare was a dramatist of note who lived by writing things to quote.
~By H. C. Bunner ~


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 ~


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


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


Shakespeare said, nothing is either good nor bad but thinking makes it so.
~By Dyan Cannon ~


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


On the streets, unrequited love and death go together almost as often as in Shakespeare.
~By Scott Turow ~

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