With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespear when I measure my mind against his.... But I am bound to add that I pity the man who cannot enjoy Shakespear. He has outlasted thousands of abler thinkers, and will outlast a thousand more.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. first published in the Saturday Review (Sept. 26, 1896 ). "Blaming the Bard," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).