The Wicked Wit of William Shakespeare
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
– Touchstone, "As You Like It"
Messenger: I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books.
Beatrice: No, an he were, I would burn my study
– "Much Ado About Nothing
’ Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.
– Second Servant, "Romeo and Juliet"
All the world’ s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances.
– Jacques, "As You Like It"
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
– Puck, "A Midsummer Night’ s Dream"
Men of few words are the best men.
– Boy, "King Henry IV"
From one of the finest writers in history comes this superb collection of quotes, excerpts, and passages. THE WICKED WIT OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE is full of deliciously wicked quips and banter, embracing not just humor and comedy, but also great tragic speeches whose wit lies in the genius of their language.
Known throughout the world and translated into innumerable languages, Shakespeare’ s plays are as eloquent and relevant today as they were when they were written more than four hundred years ago. With his unrivalled ability for the dramatist’ s art, his mastery of language, the wisdom of his philosophy, and his superlative understanding of human nature, Shakespeare has fired the imaginations of millions– poets, painters, novelists, dramatists, composers, choreographers, and film-makers– and continues to do so.
THE WICKED WIT OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE begins with a detailed introduction to Shakespeare’ s life and works, and includes notes on the entrieswithin. The quotes are divided into sections such as Drink and Food; Learning, Wisdom, and Wit; Insults and Abuse; Poverty and Riches; and Men, Women, Love, and Marriage. At the end of the book is a list of Shakespeare’ s works.
Funny, poignant, witty, and wise, the quotes and passages included in this book will bring a smile to those who love Shakespeare’ s works, as well as anyone who is interested in exploring them for the first time.