William Shakespeare Reputation from Aforismi Geniali ebook in Italian and English
William Shakespeare Reputation from Aforismi Geniali ebook in Italian and English

The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity; of Spenser, remoteness; of Milton, elevation; of Shakespeare, every thing.
William Hazlitt

If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
William Hazlitt

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare “It’s Greek to me”, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool’s paradise – why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare…
Bernard Levin (1928 – 2004) English journalist, author and broadcaster.

Shakespeare is – let us put it this way – the least English of English writers. The typical quality of the English is understatement, saying a little less than what you see. In contrast, Shakespeare tended toward the hyperbolic metaphor, and it would come to us as no surprise to learn that Shakespeare had been Italian, or Jewish, for instance.
Jorge Luis Borges, Borges oral, 1979

To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834, British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

Our myriad-minded Shakespeare.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Biography.

He is of no age, nor any religion or party or profession. His works come out of the unfathomable depths of his mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Biography.

Shakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.
Charles Lamb

And one wild Shakespeare, following Nature’s lights, Is worth whole planets, filled with Stagyrites.
Thomas More (1779-1852), The Sceptic

Shakespeare – The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.
Laurence Olivier (1907-1989)

Wonderful women! Have you ever thought how much we all, and women especially, owe to Shakespeare for his vindication of women in these fearless, high-spirited, resolute and intelligent heroines?
Dame Ellen Terry (1848-1928)

The Shakespearian oeuvre is that of an authentic, highly cultivated professional, who must have spent his life studying languages and teaching, a professional with all the characteristics of the linguist John Florio.
Lamberto Tassinari Italian writer and teacher

One of the greatest geniuses that ever existed, Shakespeare, undoubtedly wanted taste.
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Letter to Wren, 1764

The composition of Shakespeare is a forest, in which oaks extend in the air, interspersed sometimes with weeds and brambles, and sometimes giving shelting to myrtles and to roses; filling the eye with awful pomp, and gratifying the mind with endless diversity.
Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare

Shakespeare opens a mine which contains gold and diamonds in unexhaustible plenty, though clouded by incrustations, debased by impurities, and mingled with a mass of meaner minerales.
Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare

In reality there is no kind of evidence or argument by which one can show that Shakespeare, or any other writer, is “good”. Nor is there any way of definitely proving that–for instance–Warwick Beeping is “bad”. Ultimately there is no test of literary merit except survival, which is itself an index to majority opinion.
George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950

If there really is such a thing as turning in one’s grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise.
George Orwell, All Art is Propaganda: Critical Essays

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Scorn not the Sonnet; Critic, you have frowned, Mindless of its just honours; with this key Shakespeare unlocked his heart.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Miscellaneous Sonnets

England has two books, one which she has made and one which has made her: Shakespeare and the Bible.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

In Shakespeare the birds sing, the bushes are clothed with green, hearts love, souls suffer, the cloud wanders, it is hot, it is cold, night falls, time passes, forests and multitudes speak, the vast eternal dream hovers over all. Sap and blood, all forms of the multiple reality, actions and ideas, man and humanity, the living and the life, solitudes, cities, religions, diamonds and pearls, dung-hills and charnelhouses, the ebb and flow of beings, the steps of comers and goers, all, all are on Shakespeare and in Shakespeare.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885), William Shakespeare

If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say… “Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.”
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish Philosopher, Author

There Shakespeare, on whose forehead climb The crowns o’ the world; oh, eyes sublime With tears and laughter for all time!
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861), A Vision of Poets

With this same key Shakespeare unlocked his heart’ once more! Did Shakespeare? If so, the less Shakespeare he!
Robert Browning (1812-1899), House

The life of Shakespeare is a fine mystery and I tremble every day lest something turn up.
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) English writer, novelist, journalist and social critic.

The souls most fed with Shakespeare’s flame Still sat unconquered in a ring, Remembering him like anything.
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), The Shakespeare Memorial

We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
Robert Wilensky

Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down and you’re a Shakespeare.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish-born British Dramatist

No one has yet managed to be post-Shakespearean.
Harold Bloom (1930) , American literary critic

After Homer and Dante, is a whole century of creating worth one Shakespeare?
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

I do not believe that any writer has ever exposed this bovarysme, the human will to see things as they are not, more clearly than Shakespeare.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca

Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.
T. S. Eliot

We can say of Shakespeare, that never has a man turned so little knowledge to such great account.
T. S. Eliot

Gradually we come to admit that Shakespeare understands a greater extent and variety of human life than Dante; but that Dante understands deeper degrees of degradation and higher degrees of exaltation.
T. S. Eliot

About anyone so great as Shakespeare, it is probable that we can never be right; and if we can never be right, it is better that we should from time to time change our way of being wrong.
T.S. Eliot, Essays On Elizabethan Drama

A quibble is to Shakespeare what luminous vapours are to the traveller: he follows it at all adventures; it is sure to lead him out of his way and sure to engulf him in the mire.
Ben Jonson (1573-1637) Preface to the First Folio

And so sepulchered in such pomp dost lie, That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
John Milton (1608- 1674), Epitaph

Or sweetest Shakespeare, Fancy’s child, Warble his native wood-notes wild.
John Milton (1608-1674), L’Allegro

Nor sequent centuries could hit Orbit and sum of Shakespeare’s wit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), May-Day and Other Pieces

When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder That such trivial people should muse and thunder In such lovely language.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

But Shakespeare’s magic could not copied be; Within that circle none durst walk but he.
John Dryden (1631–1700) Essay of Dramatic Poesy

I no longer believe that William Shakespeare the actor from Stratford was the author of the works that have been ascribed to him.
Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) – Viennese doctor and psychotherapist, commonly referred to as “the father of psychoanalysis.”

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