William Shakespeare Dog Quotes
For You To Enjoy

You'll find eight William Shakespeare dog quotes here. Shakespeare wasn't the biggest fan of dogs, based on these quotes. Of course, people didn't view dogs as family members back then, the way we do now.

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.


Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on. My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind; So flew'd, so sanded; their heads are hung with ears that sweep away the morning dew...

A MidSummer Night's Dream


I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.

Julius Caesar


I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me

Much Ado About Nothing


The little dogs and all, Tray, Blanch, and Sweetheart—see, they bark at me.

King Lear


Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? And the creature run from the cur. There thou mightst behold the great image of authority—a dog's obeyed in office.

King Lear


Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men;
As hounds, and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs,
Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves, are 'clept
All by the name of dogs: the valued file
Distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle,
The housekeeper, the hunter, every one
According to the gift which bounteous nature
Hath in him closed.

Macbeth


I am sir Oracle, and when I ope my lips, let no dog bark.

The Merchant of Venice


Thou callest me a dog before thou hast cause. But since I am a dog, beware my fangs.

William Shakespeare,
The Merchant of Venice

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