One of the appealing facets of Shakespearean villains is that they often have the best dialogue. Iago, Shylock, Richard III - although, of course, it could be debated whether those latter two are, in fact, villains - have some of the most beautiful lines ever written in the English language.
Even if Shakespeare's not quite your cup of tea, you can't deny the man had a way with words. He's generally considered to be not just the best English-speaking author to ever grace the planet, but also the greatest writer period. Whether you feel that's an exaggeration of his brilliance or not, with lines like these, it could never be said that The Bard didn't know how to string a sentence together.
Hey, Jo. I must say, I think everything Shakespeare ever wrote is phenomenally bountiful. But Richard III is among some of the very best.
It's only when you see them laid out like this, that you realize how wonderful the quotations from Richard III can be.
Thanks Elias, I think there's little doubt that Lewis Carroll was borrowing from Shakespeare there. Of course, the Queen of Hearts version of it, became much more famous than any of Shakespeare's uses of the phrase (I believe he also used it in Henry VI part 3).
I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes and that you find inspiration in Shakespeare's work, always a pleasure to meet a kindred spirit where that's concerned.
Shakespeare's works are so inspiring and influential! One of the famous quotes showing Richard's ruthlessness - the "Off with his head!" one - just reminded me of Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' cinematographic creation &the queen ordering "Off with their heads!". Amazing!
Thumbs up! A marvelous post, WiseFool!