Tag Archives: political insults

Shakespeare, The Tempest, Caliban, a Thing of Darkness

“…Two of these fellows you Must know and own; this thing of darkness! Acknowledge mine.” (Tempest act 5, sc. 1) Comments. The ‘thing of darkness’ is the monster Caliban of the Tempest. But the description fits anything that you particularly … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare Quote for Obnoxious Telemarketers

 “What devil art thou, that dost torment me thus?” (Romeo and Juliet act 3, sc. 2) Comments. Perfect answer to a telemarketer or to any obnoxious character who harasses you for whatever reason. In truth the job of a telemarketer … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare Insults and a Good Comeback to an Insult

CLIFFORD Why, what a brood of traitors have we here! YORK Look in a glass, and call thy image so (King Henry VI part 2 act 5, sc. 1) Tips for use. Powerful verbal retort to an insult – “Look … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare on Dreams, Children of an Idle Brain

“… I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy, Which is as thin of substance as the air And more inconstant than the wind” (Romeo and Juliet act 1, sc. … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare on Sleep as a Health-Care Remedy

“The best of rest is sleep, And that thou oft provokest; yet grossly fear’st Thy death, which is no more.” (Measure For Measure act 3, sc.1) Tips for Use. Here is a quotation that, divided into sections, can be applied … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare, Man as Simple Dust and a Targeted Insult

“And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me, no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so” (Hamlet act 2, sc. 2) Tips for Use. Hamlet may have been the … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespearean Insult. How to Put a Liar in his Place

“Then, Saunder, sit there, the lyingest knave in Christendom. If thou hadst been born blind, thou mightest as well have known all our names as thus to name the several colours we do wear” (King Henry VI.part 2. act 2 … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare Insults and Mutual Dislikes

AENEAS. We know each other well. DIOMEDES. We do; and long to know each other worse.”  (Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 1) Tips for Use. Call it chemistry or any other fancy term from psychology or pop psychology – … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare’s Optimal Comeback, Insult or Retort to Stupid Remark

“Thy lips rot off” (Timon of Athens act 4, sc. 3) Tips for Use.  Excellent way out when you cannot immediately come up with a retort to a witticism or accusing remark of which you are the subject. Equally usable … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Shakespeare, King Lear, Powerful Insult and Elegant Verbal Self Defense

“O Goneril! You are not worth the dust which the rude wind Blows in your face.” (King Lear act 4, sc. 2) Tips for Use.  Superb and elegant insult that can be delivered directly to your despicable opponent or included … Continue reading

Leave a comment