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Friday, November 03, 2006

Writing with the Bard--Use These Quotes from Shakespeare As Guideposts for Your Writing Practice

Writing Prompt

William Shakespeare's works rarely evoke a tepid response. People love Shakespeare's plays and poems, hate them or sit befuddled before them. Once I became accustomed to the sounds and speech patterns of Elizabethan English, I came to greatly enjoy his work. Basically, Shakespeare is worth the effort, however, much of his work is easily accessible to the modern readers or audiences which is what make it timeless.

I've selected a few quotes attributed to him which I believe speak to the writing life. Choose one or several to begin a piece or to critique a previously written one.


Brevity is the soul of wit.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

How long a time lies in one little word?

I am not bound to please thee with my answer.

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.

This above all; to thine own self be true.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

William Shakespeare Quotes

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