Shakespeare quotes..

Heltor Chasca

Out-Riding the Black Dog
I never did get excited about Shakespeare. Dull dull dull.

Dahl on the other hand is great....(Also where the above plant’s name comes from)

(Why do people pronounce dahlia ‘day-li-ahs’ and not ‘dar-li-ahs’ ?
 

winjim

Iron pony
I never did get excited about Shakespeare. Dull dull dull.

Dahl on the other hand is great....(Also where the above plant’s name comes from)

(Why do people pronounce dahlia ‘day-li-ahs’ and not ‘dar-li-ahs’ ?
I feel the same way about Shakespeare as I do about the Beatles. Academically interesting, I appreciate their innovation and contribution to the culture, and I accept that many of the things I do love are directly descended from their work, but there's no way I would choose to actually listen to them.

That said, it's not true to say that without Shakespeare / The Beatles, there would be no ...whatever... Somebody would have come along and innovated in a similar way, it's just progress and you can't stop it.
 
I never did get excited about Shakespeare. Dull dull dull.

Dahl on the other hand is great....(Also where the above plant’s name comes from)

(Why do people pronounce dahlia ‘day-li-ahs’ and not ‘dar-li-ahs’ ?
Unfortunately it is treated with far too much reverence in schools and not enough history: Shakespeare was a street artist, for goodness sakes, living by his wits; large chunks of his material were taking the serious p*ss, and at least one entire play was probably propaganda to curry favour with the new monarch.

Knowing the historical context makes it much more approachable, and a lot funnier.

That said, most of the Shakespeare I had to read was during my Theatre Studies training and was sandwiched between the other 'Great' playwrights: compared to them Shakespeare is positively exciting: at least his stories have a plot.
 

meta lon

Guru
Shakespeare, waffling at its best.

Dont think we even had Shakespeare on my school curriculum.. Thank fook
 
The plays can be hard work, but Shakespeare has to be admired for coining very many phrases now in everyday use.

This piece by Bernard Levin strung a few together:

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me'', you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise -why, be that as it may, the more fool you , for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.
 
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