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As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
  English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language (1564-1616)
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Shakespeare is the most quoted person in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (5th ed. 1999). Commonly quoted passages include:

This above all: to thine own self be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day;
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts...

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

O, woe is me,
To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep:

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
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  • As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
  • We enjoy Shakespeare in the Park programs during the summer.
  • The complete works of Shakespeare use about 20,000 different words.
  • Shakespeare’s plays are frequently performed — sometimes modernized through setting without altering the text.

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  • How many copies of Shakespeare and Plato?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • I was the only student who didn’t groan and carry on when Mrs. Henry assigned us another Shakespeare play.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Shakespeare talks about how the rose has perfume that makes it beautiful on the inside.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • But, with all my love for Shakespeare, it is often weary work to read all the meanings into his lines which critics and commentators have given them.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • If I had a whole book of Shakespeare they could keep me in the hospital for a year.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • See, Shakespeare isn’t so bad.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger

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  • The only famous authors he could think of were Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, and Mark Twain.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • She would go and pull out different stories by Mr. Shakespeare and read the titles.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Before they went to bed, Francie and Neeley had to read a page of the Bible and a page from Shakespeare.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The greatest writers, like Chaucer, or Shakespeare.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • She gave us lectures on women’s suffrage, Shakespeare, Beethoven, English history, and horticulture, and always had two freezers of homemade ice cream, which was why we all went.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Phillips swore old Shaw had cut out the "Tempest" from Shakespeare before he let Nolan have it, because he said "the Bermudas ought to be ours,
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • I hoped, in fact, that by some wildcard of luck they’d transfer me over from Mr. Shattler’s class, where all we did was read magazines and play bingo games, to hers, where students read detective books and stuff by that Shakespeare guy.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • The William Shakespeare — the guy who wrote the plays?
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • (also enjoying himself) Mr. William Shakespeare.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • If ever a mind was incandescent, unimpeded, I thought, turning again to the bookcase, it was Shakespeare’s mind.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • He called me Shakespeare.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Her father said it took at least five years to learn law after one left law school: one practiced economy for two years, learned Alabama Pleading for two more, reread the Bible and Shakespeare for the fifth.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • It’s Shakespeare!
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • "That they should remember their Shakespeare," he said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • What he did is he sat down at his computer every day after school and retyped Shakespeare’s plays.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • If Shakespeare wanted you to believe they were in love, he wouldn’t tell you in almost the very first scene that Romeo was hung up on Rosaline….
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Gut-shot, doped up, discussing Shakespeare with the commandant of one of the most efficient death camps in the history of the world.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • You brought home a B once and your parents took away your chemistry set and locked you in your room for a week, during which time you read the complete works of William Shakespeare.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • However, unlike Shakespeare’s play their story doesn’t end in tragedy.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • There were three TV rooms without chairs, and one little rolling bookshelf filled with a bizarre assortment of volumes—Christian books, ancient copies of John D. MacDonald, Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, a handful of romances, and two Dorothy L. Sayers novels.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Montgomery has a beautiful park that houses the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, which brings nationally acclaimed playwrights and actors to Alabama to perform Shakespeare and modern theatrical productions.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • And why of Shakespeare’s cast of characters do I remain most curious about Edgar?
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Wonderful ones by Dryden and Shakespeare and Otway.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Is it—can it be—Shakespeare?
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • He looked over his notes again and again—the first English dictionary, the growth of the English language, William Shakespeare, words from French and German, new words, old words, new inventions, Anglo-Saxon words, Latin and Greek roots, American English—it all became a big jumble in his mind.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • Shakespeare.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • "—and then there’s Shakespeare.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • "Shakespeare," Turtle replied.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • She said that after she heard that, she couldn’t take Shakespeare seriously."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He also tried to supplement his learning by researching cell biology and Shakespeare online.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • And Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Sometimes I read the Shakespeare poem slow and out loud with feeling because that is the way it sounds best.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • Mine was Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, and I surprised even myself with the passion of my performance.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • They had never heard of Shakespeare or Aesop.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Or Betsie would announce "an evening of Vondel" (the Dutch Shakespeare), with each of us reading a part.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Cordelia says they’re out of Shakespeare.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "I know I’m putting you in an awkward position, but since I helped you with that Shakespeare paper last semester …."
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "Around the time of your weasel lady," Klaus said, flipping through the enormous book he had been reading, "a group of actors put on a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and none of them wore any clothing."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost TWO WEEKS LATER
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
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