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


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 ~


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 ~


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


But if Shakespeare himself is maybe about meaning and truth, I don't know, then he is certainly about pleasure and interest, we start with pleasure and interest, but maybe eventually it gets to meaning and truth.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


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 ~


We had five goats, two dogs, a cat and racks of commentaries on Shakespeare.
~By Charles Dance ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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


If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.
~By Joyce Brothers ~


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 ~


But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theater and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud.
~By Patrick Stewart ~


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've never done anything for money. My first love is things of limited commercial appeal. I could be happy doing Shakespeare for the rest of my life.
~By Karen Allen ~


Shakespeare reveals human nature brilliantly: he shines a light on our instinctive desire to dominate each other.
~By Edward Hall ~


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 ~


No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer, is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
~By Harold Bloom ~


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


I surrendered to a world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.
~By Andrew Wyeth ~


So, through all that early professional career I would occasionally do a musical, a pantomime or a play with songs. The next stop would be a Shakespeare, or an Ibsen, or a play by a brand new writer who had never done anything in the theater before.
~By Trevor Nunn ~


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 ~


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


Then I got out of the service, and I was going to be a Shakespearean actor.
~By Harvey Korman ~


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


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 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 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 ~


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


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


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


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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 felt a little green, because Shakespeare writes the thought process within the text; it was tricky not to think of what to say and then say it, and instead just deliver the lines.
~By Neil Patrick Harris ~


To date or not to date that is the question. It's almost as important as Shakespeare's to be or not to be which deals with death.
~By Al Goldstein ~


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 ~


To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic, psychologically most baffling music. He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together.
~By Lukas Foss ~


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


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 ~


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


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


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 am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats.
~By Irving Layton ~


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


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 ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


I say this quite deliberately, this is the finest Shakespearean performance I've seen.
~By Donald Wolfit ~


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 ~


I loved doing Shakespeare. My two favorite roles, in fact, have been Viola in Twelfth Night and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
~By Blythe Danner ~


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


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


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 ~


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


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


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


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 ~


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


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 ~


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


The thing that I had saved up for myself and wanted most to bring off was a fully fledged professional production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Stratford.
~By Trevor Nunn ~


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've got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare. I've done it.
~By Anthony Hopkins ~


I had the training at drama school where I studied Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.
~By Orlando Bloom ~


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


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


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


It took three years to put Shakespeare's words together, there were a lot of words to be studied and a lot of words to be sorted out, and it proved to be a major project.
~By David Crystal ~


Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
~By Orson Welles ~


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 one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.
~By Charles Lamb ~


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 did about 2000 covers altogether, for all sorts of books - from Shakespeare to James Bond - and I always had the idea that I must give 100%, no matter who the author was.
~By Dick Bruna ~


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


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 ~


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 ~

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