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Practical Shakespeare Quotes

Do you want to quote more Shakespeare in your life but never find opportunities to say “brevity is the soul of wit”? Do you rarely hang below balconies exchanging love vows with the daughter of your enemy? This is just the list for you.

“What an ass am I!”
Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

“I am not a slut,”
As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 3
(Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here,”
The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

“Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways,”
Henry IV Part 2, Act 4, Scene 5

“This is the excellent foppery of the world,”

King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2

“Making the beast with two backs,”
Othello, Act 1, Scene 1

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool,”
As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 1

“To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee,”
Henry VI Part 3, Act 3, Scene 2
(Works great for courting hot widows.)

“I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me,”
Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1, Scene 1

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me,”
Richard II, Act 5, Scene 5

“Marry, sir, in her buttocks.”
A Comedy of Errors, Act 2, Scene 5
(No judgement here.)

“My horse is my mistress,”
Henry V, Act 3, Scene 7
(Uh, there might be something wrong with that.)

“Thou dost infect my eyes,”
Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit,”
Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 5
(“Wit” is Shakespearean slang for penis.)

“[Wine] provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance,”
Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3

“I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmill, far, than feed on cates and have him talk to me in any summer-house in Christendom,”
Henry IV Part 2, Act 4 Scene 1

“Now, gods, stand up for bastards!”
King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2

“Villain, I have done thy mother!”
Titus Andronicus, Act 4, Scene 2
(This means exactly what you think it does.)

“And thou unfit for any place but hell,”
Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,”
Henry VI Part 2, Act 4, Scene 2

“Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.”
Othello, Act 4, Scene 2

“Out, dunghill!”
King John, Act 4, Scene 3

“This is too long.”
Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

A quick guide to Shakespearean men

Hamlet, the little emo shit

King Lear, the big emo shit

Romeo, the hormonal emo shit

Puck, just a little shit tbh

Macbeth, the Scottish emo shit

Henry V, the frat boy emo shit

Brutus, the honorable emo shit

Othello, the poc emo shit

Richard II, the greedy emo shit

Don Jon, the illegitimate emo shit

MASSIVE list of book recs


  • death of a salesman, arthur miller
  • macbeth, shakespeare
  • a streetcar named desire, tennessee williams
  • hamlet, shakespeare
  • a raisin in the sun, lorraine hansberry
  • a midsummer night’s dream, shakespeare
  • antigone, sophocles
  • king lear, shakespeare
  • the glass menagerie, tennessee williams
  • othello, shakespeare
  • pygmalion, george bernard shaw
  • the tempest, shakespeare,
  • much ado about nothing, shakespeare
  • as you like it, shakespeare
  • the taming of the shrew, shakespeare
  • the merry wives of windsor, shakespeare
  • the merchant of venice, shakespeare
  • oedipus rex, sophocles
  • an ideal husband, oscar wilde
  • who’s afraid of virginia wolf, edward albee
  • our town, thornton wilder
  • waiting for godot, samuel beckett

fantasy/fairy tales

  • the ranger’s apprentice, john flanagan
  • harry potter series, j.k. rowling
  • inkheart by cornelia funke
  • throne of glass, sarah j. maas
  • the chronicles of narnia, c.s. louis
  • the lord of the rings, j.r.r. tolkien
  • the hobbit, j.r.r. tolkien
  • percy jackson and the olympions, rick riordan
  • eragon by christopher paolini
  • the bartimaeus trilogy, jonathan stroud
  • howl’s moving castle, dianna wynne jones
  • the wonderful wizard of oz, lyman frank baum
  • the books of bayern, shannon hale
  • ella enchanted, gail carson levine
  • the princess bride, william goldman
  • the raven cycle, maggie stiefvater
  • the sisters grimm, michael buckley
  • the spiderwick chronicles, tony diterlizzi and holly black
  • the alchemist, paulo coelho
  • forgive my fins, tera lynn childs
  • alice in wonderland, lewis carroll
  • the faerie path, allan jones frewin
  • the school for good and evil, soman chainani
  • the grimm legacy, polly shulman
  • the sweetest spell, suzanne selfors
  • the tales of the frog princess, e.d. baker
  • the wide-awake princess, e.d. baker
  • once a witch, carolyn maccullough
  • the silver bowl series, diane stanley
  • the emily windsnap series, liz kessler
  • fairest, gail carson levine
  • the fairy realm series, emily rodda
  • the water mirror, kai meyer
  • the two princesses of bamarre, gail carson levine


  • the seven habits of highly effective people, stephen covey
  • the seven habits of highly effective teens, sean covey
  • mencken’s chrestomathy, h.l. mencken
  • yes please, amy poehler
  • is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns), mindy kaling
  • audrey hepburn: an elegant spirit, sean hepburn ferrer
  • how to be lovely: the audrey hepburn way of life, melissa hellstern
  • how to win friends and influence people, dale carnegie
  • how to win friends and influence people for teen girls, donna dale carnegie
  • #girlboss by sophia amuroso
  • 14,000 things to be happy about, barbara ann kipfer
  • choose to matter, julie foudy
  • the little book of skin care: korean beauty secrets for healthy, glowing skin, charlotte cho
  • where stylists shop: the fashion insider’s ultimate guide, booth moore
  • the girls’ book of glamour: a guide to being a goddess, jeffrie sally
  • the girls’ book: how to be the best at everything, juliana foster
  • the girls’ book of excellence: even more ways to be the best at everything, sally norton
  • the life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck: how to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do (a no f*cks given guide), sarah knight
  • bossypants, tina fey
  • we should all be feminists by chimamanda ngozi adichie
  • behind the scenes: or, thirty years a slave, and four years in the white house, elizabeth keckley
  • the pillow book, sei shōnagon
  • eat pretty: nutrition for beauty, inside and out, jolene hart
  • eat pretty every day: 365 daily inspirations for nourishing beauty, inside and out, jolene hart
  • narrative of the life of frederick douglass, frederick douglass
  • narrative of sojourner truth, sojourner truth
  • 12 years a slave, solomon northup


  • the flowers of evil, charles baudelaire
  • a season in hell, arthur rimbaud
  • she walks in beauty, lord byron
  • shakespeare’s sonnets, shakespeare
  • we real cool, gwendolyn brooks
  • poems of emily dickinson
  • poems of robert frost
  • leaves of grass, walt whitman
  • the raven, edgar allen poe
  • poems of edgar allen poe
  • milk and honey by rupi kaur
  • the sun and her flowers, rupi kaur
  • the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace


  • romeo and juliet, shakespeare
  • emma, jane austen
  • ever, gail carson levine
  • pride and prejudice, jane austen
  • eleanor and park, rainbow rowell
  • sense and sensibility, jane austen
  • jane eyre, charlotte brontë
  • landline, rainbow rowell
  • madame bovary, gustave flaubert
  • to all the boys i’ve loved before, jenny han
  • love in the time of cholera, gabriel garcía márquez
  • the sun is also a star, nicola yoon

young adult

  • fangirl, rainbow rowell
  • great expectations, charles dickens
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe, benjamin alire sáenz
  • when the moon was ours, anna-marie mclemore
  • the goldfinch, donna tartt
  • looking for alaska, john green
  • we were liars, e. lockhart
  • the wrath and the dawn, renée ahdieh
  • little women, louisa may alcott
  • palace of spies, sarah zettel
  • the clique series, lisi harrison
  • the finishing school series, gail carriger
  • eyes like stars, lisa mantchev
  • the ever after high series, shannon hale
  • along for the ride, sarah dessen
  • girl online, zoe sugg
  • keeping the castle, patrice kindl
  • stargirl, jerry spinelli
  • stir it up, ramin ganeshram
  • prom and prejudice, elizabeth eulberg
  • the summer i saved the world…in 65 days, michele weber hurwitz
  • pink and green series by lisa greenwald
  • six of crows, leigh bardugo
  • the catcher in the rye, j.d. salinger
  • the house on mango street, sandra cisneros
  • turtles all the way down, john green
  • under the lights, dahlia adler
  • geekerella, ashley poston
  • simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda, becky albertalli
  • it’s not like it’s a secret, misa sugiura
  • the idiot, elif batuman
  • the outsiders, s.e. hinton
  • everything leads to you, nina lacour
  • a wrinkle in time, madeleine l’engle
  • dumplin’, julie murphy

historical fiction

  • the great gatsby, f. scott fitzgerald
  • the scarlet letter, nathaniel hawthorne
  • a tale of two cities, charles dickens
  • the song of achilles, madeline miller
  • the last of the mohicans, james fenimore cooper
  • the constant princess, philippa gregory
  • the count of monte cristo, alexandre dumas
  • les misérables, victor hugo
  • war and peace, leo tolstoy
  • a mad, wicked folly, sharon biggs waller
  • manor of secrets, katherine longshore
  • to kill a mockingbird, harper lee
  • night, elie wiesel
  • uncle tom’s cabin, harriet beecher stowe
  • atonement ian mcewan
  • the unbearable lightness of being, milan kundera
  • things fall apart, chinua achebe
  • ophelia, lisa m. klein
  • the god of small things, arundhati roy

gothic fiction

  • frankenstein, mary shelley
  • dracula, bram stoker
  • the picture of dorian gray, oscar wilde
  • wuthering heights, emily brontë


  • catch-22, joseph heller 
  • candide, voltaire
  • don quixote, miguel de cervantes
  • animal farm, george orwell
  • the importance of being earnest, oscar wilde

science fiction

  • the city of ember, jeanne duprau
  • 1984, george orwell
  • the handmaid’s tale, margaret atwood
  • brave new world, aldous huxley
  • the lunar chronicles, marissa meyer
  • the time machine, h.g. wells
  • the fourteenth goldfish, jennifer l. holm
  • fahrenheit 451, ray bradbury
  • twenty thousand leagues under the sea, jules verne
  • the extraordinary voyages series, jules verne


  • beowulf, author unknow
  • the odyssey, homer
  • the iliad, homer
  • the bhagavad gita, vyasa
  • the mahabharata, vyasa
  • inferno, dante alighieri


  • the bell jar, sylvia plath
  • the secret history, donna tartt
  • swann’s way, marcel proust
  • the art of war, sun tzu
  • the awakening, kate chopin
  • moby dick, herman melville
  • anna karenina, leo tolstoy
  • the canterbury tales, geoffrey chaucer
  • the crucible, arthur miller
  • one flew over the cuckoo’s nest, ken kesey
  • the antichrist, friedrich nietzsche
  • sew zoey, nancy taylor and chloe zhang
  • the candymakers, wendy mass
  • my sister the vampire series, sienna mercer
  • eight hundred grapes, laura dave
  • their eyes were watching god, zora neale hurston
  • the adventures of huckleberry finn, mark twain
  • the adventures of tom sawyer, mark twain
  • a christmas carol, charles dickens
  • the old man and the sea, ernest hemingway
  • to the lighthouse, virginia woolf
  • utopia, thomas more
  • a spy in the house of love, anaïs nin
  • crime and punishment, fyodor dostoyevsky
  • the assistants, camille perri
  • a room of one’s own, virginia woolf
  • the joy luck club, amy tan
  • sputnik sweetheart, haruki murakami
  • the namesake, jhumpa lahiri
  • a thousand splendid suns, khaled hosseini
  • crazy rich asians, kevin kwan
  • save the date, morgan matson
  • neuromancer, william gibson

thanks for reading! i hope this helped some of you out. hugs, mel ✨✨✨

the signs as eccentric Shakespeare-themed quotes from my theatre troupe:
  • Aries: Yes the wives of Windsor are merry, but are they happy inside? Are they emotionally fulfilled?
  • Taurus: Trinculo can't hold his liquor, that's why Stephano left him for a half-fish demon.
  • Gemini: Be gentle with Yorick! Or Ivan, or Lin-Manuel Miranda or whatever his name is, he came from Target.
  • Cancer: As if Othello would be caught dead in a onesie.
  • Leo: My father would kill me if I was in Titus Andronicus, but I would also give my left hand for a role... you see my problem.
  • Virgo: And we all know why scenes end without a set change? *unified chant* So they could relight the lanterns.
  • Libra: Make Phebe a lesbian! Make everybody gay! I don't care.
  • Scorpio: Try me, Prospera! *crash backstage* Oh, shit.
  • Sagittarius: Get out of my face with your Oxfordian bullcrap.
  • Capricorn: We can't perform it as well because Shakespeare only hired magicians for his troupe...
  • Aquarius: Ferdinand and Miranda are just Romeo and Juliet with heavy lifting.
  • Pisces: The Bard is witty, alright! Also a douchebag!

“Othello” by William Shakespeare

New York Theatre Workshop, 2016

Starring David Oyelowo, Daniel Craig, David Wilson Barnes, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Rachel Brosnahan, Blake DeLong, Glenn Fitzgerald, Slate Holmgren, Anthony Michael Lopez, Matthew Maher, Nikki Massoud, Kyle Vincent Terry & Finn Wittrock

Shakespeare modern translation.

Hamlet: *Pretends to be insane and accidentally becomes insane*

Romeo and Juliet: 1st world problems with twelve year olds.

Julius Caesar: Can I have a Caesar salad?

Merry Wives of Windsor: Midlife crisis.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Inception.

Macbeth: How not to get away with murder.

The Taming of the Shrew: Don’t know whether to be offended or to laugh awkwardly. Proceeds to do both.

Much Ado About Nothing: Everyone wants everyone.

Merchant of Venice: Well that escalated quickly.

Othello: A break up song gone wrong.

Every single sonnet: *One arm draped over eyes* The angst that is my life.


Behold: three Shakespeare-themed Valentine’s Day cards!

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