Quotations on Shakespeare

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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.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: Dreams, Poetry, Books, Consciousness, Self, Shakespeare, World)

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.
- Mark Akenside
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Genius, Mankind, Now, Passion, Shakespeare, Will, Yield)

Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.
- Lloyd Alexander
(Keywords: Friends, Shakespeare, Teachers)

I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre.
- Howard Barker
(Keywords: Language, Shakespeare, Theatre)

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.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Fact, Mind, Psychology, Shakespeare, Vocabulary)

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.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Change, May, Shakespeare, Talk, Will)

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.
- Orlando Bloom
(Keywords: Drama, School, Shakespeare, Training)

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.
- Thomas Bowdler
(Keywords: Family, Daughter, Regret, Shakespeare, World)

Shakespeare also introduces the supernatural into some of his tragedies; he introduces ghosts, and witches who have supernatural knowledge.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Knowledge, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Witches)

When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally at first makes people talk about the hero, but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight, so that we await his entrance with curiosity, and sometimes with anxiety.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Time, People, Anxiety, Curiosity, First, Shakespeare, Sight, Talk)

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.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Shakespeare, World)

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.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Catastrophes, Shakespeare, Will)

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.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Idea, Fact, Identity, Shakespeare, Worth)

You can find more traditional Shakespeare than we do. But what we want to bring to these works is energy, passion, freshness.
- John Bradshaw
(Keywords: Energy, Passion, Shakespeare, Want)

And to Shakespeare I owe my vision of the world as a theater, wherein all humans are acting out their parts.
- James Broughton
(Keywords: Vision, Acting, Shakespeare, Theater, World)

Shakespeare was a dramatist of note who lived by writing things to quote.
- H. C. Bunner
(Keywords: Shakespeare, Writing)

Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down.
- George Byron
(Keywords: May, Name, Shakespeare, Will)

Shakespeare said, nothing is either good nor bad but thinking makes it so.
- Dyan Cannon
(Keywords: Nothing, Shakespeare, Thinking)

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.
- Montgomery Clift
(Keywords: Art, Nature, Actor, Shakespeare, Wrong)

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.
- Alex Cox
(Keywords: Time, Conservative, English, Language, Shakespeare, Writer)

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.
- David Crystal
(Keywords: Project, Shakespeare, Words, Years)

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.
- Judy Davis
(Keywords: Thought, Acting, First, Shakespeare, Talk)

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.
- Anita Diament
(Keywords: History, Love, Acting, Americans, Shakespeare, Writing)

I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important. He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive.
- Rita Dove
(Keywords: Ability, Reading, Shakespeare, Strangers)

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.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder
(Keywords: Politics, Cinema, Nothing, Shakespeare, Theatre)

I think academics are infuriating. For every expert on Shakespeare there is another one to cancel his theory out. It drives you up the wall. I think the greatest form of finding out the truth is through fantasy.
- Joseph Fiennes
(Keywords: Truth, Fantasy, Shakespeare, Theory)

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.
- Colin Firth
(Keywords: People, Country, English, Shakespeare, Word)

To me, Shakespeare uses the supernatural elements to reveal his character's inner desires and fears.
- John Foster
(Keywords: Character, Shakespeare, Supernatural)

I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature, Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love with that kind of thing.
- Stephen Fry
(Keywords: Love, Children, English, Literature, Shakespeare, University, Want)

I think Shakespeare had a lot to contribute with his understanding of the human condition.
- Sharon Gless
(Keywords: Shakespeare, Understanding)

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.
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Keywords: English, First, Language, Shakespeare, Words)

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.
- Thom Gunn
(Keywords: Fact, Sense, Shakespeare, Will)

We have cut the text, but what remains are Shakespeare's words.
- Edward Hall
(Keywords: Shakespeare, Words)

I'm a games and theory kind of guy. I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose.
- Neil Patrick Harris
(Keywords: Love, Fun, Games, Prose, Shakespeare, Theory)

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.
- Ian Hart
(Keywords: Work, Internet, Now, Shakespeare, Theory)

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.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Genius, Force, Learning, May, Shakespeare, Study)

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.
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Keywords: Work, Bible, English, Exaggeration, Influence, Language, Literature, Race, Shakespeare, Will)

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
- Frederick Henry Hedge
(Keywords: Men, Imagination, Power, Act, Man, Shakespeare, Waking)

Shakespeare is the outstanding example of how that can be done. In all of Shakespeare's plays, no matter what tragic events occur, no matter what rises and falls, we return to stability in the end.
- Charlton Heston
(Keywords: End, Events, Example, Shakespeare, Stability)

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.
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Keywords: Life, Name, Shakespeare, Sweetness)

Wouldn't you like to have heard the voice of Shakespeare, or Jesus Christ?
- Henry Irving
(Keywords: Christ, Shakespeare, Voice)

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.
- James Earl Jones
(Keywords: Life, Idea, Play, Saying, Shakespeare, Thinking)

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.
- William Kempe
(Keywords: Actor, Ballet, Shakespeare, Theatre, Years)

When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn't writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.
- Ken Kesey
(Keywords: Lie, Shakespeare, Writing)

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.
- Jessica Lange
(Keywords: Language, Shakespeare, Words)

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats.
- Irving Layton
(Keywords: Genius, Poems, Shakespeare, Will)

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.
- Vivien Leigh
(Keywords: Imagination, Shakespeare, Training)

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.
- Vivien Leigh
(Keywords: Sea, Shakespeare, Words)

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.
- Leonard Maltin
(Keywords: Funny, Shakespeare, Today, Years)

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?
- Jonathan Miller
(Keywords: Time, People, Dress, Earth, Shakespeare, Years)



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