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96,300. Shakespeare? I ain’t never heard of him. He’s not in no ratings. I suppose he’s one of dem foreign heavyweights. They’re all lousy. Sure as hell I’ll moider dat bum!’ (Boxing & Shakespeare) Tony Galento
2,247. To watch King Lear is to approach the recognition that there is indeed no meaning in life, and that there are limits to human understanding. (Meaning of Life & Shakespeare & Understanding) Peter Ackroyd
45,757. It was for William Ireland the strangest sensation – to be in the house where William Shakespeare was reputed to be born, to be sitting in a room through which he had walked a thousand times, to see in the face of this butcher some lineaments of his illustrious family. And yet to feel nothing, to sense no familiar presence, to be stripped of all enchantment – that was the most mysterious of all. Peter Ackroyd, The Lambs of London p37
7,165. I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths. (Read & Shakespeare) John Keats, letter to John Taylor 27th February 1818
45,762. I remember your saying that you had notions of a good Genius presiding over you. I have of late had the same thought – for things which I do half at Random are afterwards confirmed by my judgment in a dozen features of Propriety. Is it too daring to fancy Shakespeare this Presider? John Keats, letter to B R Haydon May 1817
7,212. I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. (Read & Poem & Shakespeare) Spike Milligan
23,823. Lister: Have you ever actually read any of it? [Shakespeare]
Rimmer: I’ve seen West Side Story. (Science Fiction & William Shakespeare) Red Dwarf III: Marooned s3e2
24,311. Data, you’re here to learn about the human condition and there is no better way of doing that than by embracing Shakespeare. (Star Trek & William Shakespeare) Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Defector s3e10, Picard
30,429. London’s most successful playwright William Shakespeare is preparing for a royal premiere. (Great Britain & England & Shakespeare) The British III: Revolution
31,406. On 19th May 1930 on this very stage Paul Robeson, the African-American singer and actor, came to play Othello here in Britain. (England & Great Britain & Race & Shakespeare) George Alagiah, Mixed Britannia 1910-1939 1/3
41,104. This figure that thou here seest put,
It was for gentle Shakespeare cut,
Wherein the graver had a strife
With Nature, to out-do the life:
O could he but have drawn his wit
As well in brass, as he has hit
His face; the print would then surpass
All that was ever writ in brass:
But since he cannot, reader, look
Not on his picture but his book. (Eulogy & Shakespeare) Ben Jonson, On the portrait of Shakespeare
41,105. Soul of the Age!
The applause, delight, the wonder of our stage! (Compliment & Shakespeare) Ben Jonson, ‘To the Memory of My Beloved, the Author, Mr William Shakespeare’
41,106. And tell how far thou didst our Lyly outshine,
Or sporting Kyd, or Marlowe’s mighty line.
And although thou hast small Latin, and less Greek.
From thence to honour thee, I would not seek
For names. (Compliment & Shakespeare) ibid.
41,107. He was not of an age, but for all time! (Compliment & Shakespeare) ibid.
41,108. Sweet Swan of Avon! What a sight it were
To see thee in our waters yet appear,
And make those flights upon the banks of Thames
That so did take Eliza, and our James! (Compliment & Shakespeare) ibid.
98,917. Honey-tongued Shakespeare, when I saw thine issue
I swore Apollo got them, and none other,
Their rosy-tainted features clothed in tissue,
Some heaven-born goddess said to be their mother.
Rose-cheeked Adonis with his amber tresses,
Fair fire-hot Venus charming him to love her,
Chaste Lucretia virgin-like her dresses
Proud lust-stung Tarquin seeking still to prove her ... John Weever, Ad Gultelmum Shakespeare, Epigrams 1599
41,117. He was a handsome, well-shaped man, very good company, and of a very ready and pleasant smooth wit. (Compliment & Shakespeare) John Aubrey
98,918. Shakespeare, at length thy pious fellows give
The world thy works, thy works by which outlive
Thy tomb thy name must; when that stone is rent,
And time dissolves thy Stratford monument ... Leonard Digges, in Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies 1623
98,919. We wondered, Shakespeare, that thou went’st so soon
From the world’s stage to the grave’s tiring-room
We thought thee dead, but this thy printed worth
Tells thy spectators that thou went’st but forth ... James Mabbe, in Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies 1623
43,634. William Shakespeare went into a pub. The landlord said, ‘Get out! You’re barred!’ (Pub & Shakespeare) Peter Kay, on stage
44,450. You know Shakespeare? At school. Well I have the complete works here. Yes, they are very well bound. They’re embossed in gold ... Of course they’re not something you can actually read. (Parties & Shakespeare) Play for Today: Abigail’s Party 1977, written and directed Mike Leigh, starring Alison Steadman ***** Laurence to Tony
45,699. In 1980 Miller accepted the role of producing the BBC Television Shakespeare. (Theatre & Shakespeare) Arena: Jonathan Miller, BBC 2012
97,802. Since the invention of cinema over a century ago, Shakespeare’s plays have often been adapted for the big screen. But it took fifty years for his work to turn into a truly cinematic experience. (Shakespeare & Cinema & Film) Arena: All the World’s a Screen, BBC 2016
97,803. Olivier 1948: Hamlet – a box-office, and the first British production to win the Oscar for Best Picture. In the same year across the Atlantic the precocious actor and director Orson Welles made a dark savage version of Macbeth: ‘a big critical failure.’ (Shakespeare & Cinema & Film) ibid. Welles
9,148. More than 400 silent films were adapted from Shakespeare. (Shakespeare & Cinema & Film) ibid.
45,709. If there really is such a thing as turning in one’s grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise. (Drama & Shakespeare) George Orwell, All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays
45,740. This is the story of an extraordinary groups of young actors who are setting out to tackle the world’s most famous play ... Growing Up Downs, BBC 2014
45,741. Tommy surprised us all. He became the first actor with Downs Syndrome to star in a TV drama. That was six years ago. ibid.
45,742. Let me stop there, but my God, how beautiful Shakespeare is, who else is as mysterious as he is; his language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy. But one must learn to read, just as one must learn to see and learn to live. Vincent van Gogh
45,743. I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. Charles Darwin
45,744. It’s a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself. That you know that you can never live up to. Orson Welles
45,745. Reinvented the human. Harold Bloom
45,746. Our myriad minded Shakespeare. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biography
45,747. Shakespeare ... is of no age – nor of any religion, or party or profession. The body and substance of his works came out of the unfathomable depths of his own oceanic mind. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table Talk