quotes, notes, timelines & more

Home » About » Tips for Using this Website

Tips for Using this Website


Quotes are passages taken from plays, sonnets, poems or songs. Search & Filter Quotes and Notes is a good place to perform advanced searches.


Notes examine a variety of issues in some of the passages drawn from Shakespeare's works. A full archive of Notes can be found here. Quotes and notes are cross-referenced and searchable based on a number of elements, including:

  • Hovering the mouse pointer over the text will highlight and reveal the names of figures of speech

    Source – the title of the work where the quote originated, e.g. Romeo and Juliet;

  • Source type – play, sonnet, poem or song;
  • Location – the act, scene, and line numbers, or sonnet number within each Folger edition of the work;
  • Characters – those who speak in the passage, e.g. Romeo;
  • Themes –  topics that are present in the quote and note, e.g. Love
  • Figures of speech – rhetorical elements in the quote, e.g. Metaphor.  If figures of speech are listed beneath a passage, then by hovering the mouse pointer over the passage, those figures will highlight and labels will identify them.

This site is a work-in-progress. New quotes and notes are periodically added, cross-referenced, and made more complete over time.

Exploring, Searching and Filtering


The menus at the top of the site are good places to start. At the bottom of each page drop-down menus display quotes and notes organized by title, character, themes or figures of speech. If notes appear beneath a passage, they may link to other passages, which may in turn link to other notes. Follow the links to explore more information about Shakespeare's works.

Searching & Filtering Quotes and Notes

Both quotes and notes can be discovered via the Search & Filter Quotes & Notes tab at the top of each page. This tool enables advanced searching and filtering by any criteria attached to a quote or note.

Searching Everything on the Site

To search all content on the site, not just quotes & notes, use the search field found in the right sidebar on most pages.


There are a number of ways to navigate the three Shakespeare Timelines. Clicking to the right or left of individual events moves forward or backward in time. Clicking on individual events in the timeline ribbons at the bottom of the screen will jump to those events. The ribbons classify events into four categories: cultural, political, scientific, and Shakespearean. Hovering the mouse pointer over the ribbons enables scrolling the ribbons right or left. The size of the events within the ribbons can be enlarged or reduce by using the icons at the left of the ribbons.


Clicking on some images will enlarge them. This is especially useful when text appears in the image.

Plan to use content you find on this site?

In using content from this website, please attribute the content to www.myshakespeare.me, and if possible, link to the site. The passages by Shakespeare should be attributed to the Folger Shakespeare Library editions. Thank you!