Yesterday's Shakespearean quotes went so well, I decided to give it another go. I tried to pick ones that were a tad more obscure (by which I mean featured on fewer top X lists), but all are in my opinion well known.


Do not from me applause withhold!
Do I not your attention hold?


'Twere mine own loving arms were sought
by maid from which thou were begot


A distance never trekked before
I shall traverse; and one step more!


The cobbled stones we'll not desire
when destination we acquire.


I've just two tasks; to your dismay
my stash of sweets be empt this day.

6.(a bit harder than the others)

The darkened mind alone shall call
the words of nary one or all

  • $\begingroup$ Had to make an edit to the last one; I copied a wrong version and had a messed up iamb at the start (though I'm aware that this is technically allowable) $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ “Doth I”? Is the lack of subject–verb agreement intentional/a clue? $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @JanusBahsJacquet nope, just poor archaic grammar on my part $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 16:13

3 Answers 3


Full set of answers, with thanks to derium:

  1. "Are you not entertained?" Maximus, Gladiator

  2. "I am your father" Darth Vader, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

  3. "To Infinity... And Beyond!" Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

  4. "Where we're going, we don't need roads!" Doc Brown, Back to the future

  5. "I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum" Nada, They Live

  6. "Only a Sith deals in absolutes" a hypocritical jedi, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (shamelessly borrowed from derium)

And for the title:

"You talkin' to me?" Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver

Given the theme of the puzzle, I feel obliged to point out that there is a Shakespearean 'translation' of the original Star Wars trilogy

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    $\begingroup$ #2 is definitely a stretch. Not sure what movie this is from, but when I try to de-Shakespeare-ize that quote, I get a mental image of some obnoxious kid jeering "I just banged your mom!" $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ @MasonWheeler ha! Good point. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ @MasonWheeler that's why I added loving. 'I banged your mom...with love'. Sorry if it seems like a stretch but Logician has it correct $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, for #2 I was thinking Paul Finch from American Pie. $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ #6 is less well known admittedly, but if you got #2, then there's a good chance you've heard it $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 18:09

For 6

Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

  • $\begingroup$ Of course! So simple. I’d gotten as far as S###s, but couldn’t think of anything that fit the rest. +1! $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 21:04

For the first one, how about

"I believe I deserve some recognition from this board" - Mark Zuckerberg from The Social Network


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