Shakespeare quotes, notes, timelines & more

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About, a work in perpetual progress, is both an avocation and a love. It will never be finished. This tool helps me deepen my understanding and appreciation of William Shakespeare – his work, his life, and the period in which he lived. While this is, you are welcome to wander the site. If you have suggestions, corrections, complaints, or questions, please send your thoughts through the Contact page.
— John McGinnis

Attribution and Gratitude

Thanks to Michelle McGinnis of Friendly Web Consulting, who designed and developed this website. Friendly specialises in designing, developing and maintaining WordPress websites for a diverse group of individuals, companies and organisations that appear in its Portfolio.

Thanks to the Folger Shakespeare Library whose editions of Shakespeare’s works are the sources of most of the passages that appear on this website. For more on the Folger editions, read the Note on the Sources. In addition to the wealth of information found at, the Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with other research institutions, also provides generous access to resources at ancillary websites:

Thanks to Northwestern University Knight Lab for their open-source software TimelineJS, which makes the Shakespeare Timelines possible.