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Shakespeare Quotes
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"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, 'Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.'"
-Martin Luther King Jr.
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"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
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"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."
-James M. Barrie
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"You would no sooner ask me to play Shakespeare away from the Globe than you'd ask some rock star to make his new record on eight-track tape."
-Mark Rylance
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"It's going to be interesting to see what the director does with this one. It's not going to be your classic Shakespeare play, it's going to be more modern. He's attempting to find a new way to discover the old."
-Lucie Kolouchová
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"The inspiration for this program was a bit of outrage, that students were graduating in the State of New Jersey not having seen Shakespeare performed live."
-Brian Crowe
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"The law in this case is an ass and an idiot, as Shakespeare says, because it's being used to silence the only true consumer advocate this state has."
-Harvey Peyton
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"Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?"
-Shirley Jackson
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"Somebody had found a piece of wood of the right age to make a pretty convincing portrait of Shakespeare. It fooled historians for quite a long time."
-Tarnya Cooper
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"We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true."
-Robert Wilensky
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"People love the idea of encountering his face, Searching for Shakespeare."
-Tarnya Cooper
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"I'll bet Shakespeare compromised himself a lot; anybody who's in the entertainment industry does to some extent."
-Christopher Isherwood
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"`Was there ever,' cried he, `such stuff as great part of Shakespeare? Only one mustn't say so!'"
-George Iii
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"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
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"It's really important that those two [Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights] are both under the same umbrella, ... By putting Shakespeare there, you are holding him up as a model of how big a playwright's ambitions can be."
-Oskar Eustis
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"This is one of the greatest thrills of my life. It's a wonderful college where they can teach you everything from Shakespeare to welding, and I'm just glad to be a part of it."
-Alan K. Simpson
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"History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity."
-David C. Mccullough
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"I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash."
-Anthony Hopkins
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"It's really important that those two (Shakespeare and contemporary playwrights) are both under the same umbrella."
-Oskar Eustis
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"We got kind of sloppy in the fourth quarter. They shut off Matt Shakespeare but we were able to get plenty of looks at the cage."
-Jason Andalo
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"I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act."
-Laurence Olivier, Sir
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"The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good."
-Robert Graves
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"Shakespeare without Othello, Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet would be all too much like Hamlet without the prince."
-Brand Blanshard
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"I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats."
-Irving Layton
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"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."
-Karen Allen
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"It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare."
-Judi Dench
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"It is a joy to have a cast of 19. You don't have that unless you are at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival."
-Conrad Bishop
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"I think that Shakespeare had his male side and his female side extremely well developed. And this was a great quality of the Elizabethan, all-around Renaissance man. They were not afraid of their male side and their female side co-existing. This somewhere along the line got lost. And then it got misunderstood."
-Ben Kingsley
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