It’s not news that Shakespeare is eminently quotable. He has long been the most commonly quoted single author in the English language. He is eloquent and precise; his writings are a source of inspiration and insight for law students and legal English specialists alike.

With his plays referenced more in judicial opinions than any other works of literature, Shakespeare is a clear favourite with lawyers. And Dutch lawyers are no exception.

So, for them and for others, I hope that these Shakespeare pages containing quotes, misquotes, facts and trivia will prove a useful addition to this site. And an enjoyable read for those who aren’t so familiar with his work.


With thanks to:

William Domnarski

And special thanks to my friend and colleague Shai Nave ( for his help and infinite patience


Play Translations (not all of these translations were included but they’re worth looking at)
Toneelacademie (Bert Voeten)

The Merchant of Venice:
Project Gutenberg (Burgersdijk)

The Taming of the Shrew:
Project Gutenberg (Burgersdijk)

Play Research

The Merchant of Venice:
Law Imitating Art: American Judicial Opinions Performing The Merchant of Venice (Lindsley Armstrong Smith, University of Arkansas)