How do I find words or quotes in shakespeare's works? Previously I used

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Posted on (Answer #1)

There is a search engine that seems reliable at this URL:

Remember to enclose phrases in quotation marks if you want to find the exact phrase with no variations (you won't get very far, for obvious reasons, if you forget the quotes in a phrase like "to be or not to be").

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Posted on (Answer #2)

Which words or quotations? In which works?

I ask because I find it most useful to search for phrases within individual play scripts; you can download these in PDF files, then use the search function.

If you're looking for famous lines, I'd look here:


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Posted on (Answer #3)

You can always do a simple Google search. Just enter the phrase or key words you're interested in. To narrow the search, add Shakespeare as one of the key words. Better yet, if you know which play the words or phrases are from, but don't know where in the play to find them, then add the title to the words you're searching for.

There are web sites that are dedicated to Shakespeare. You can search those sites and not have to worry about irrelevant hits showing up in the results. I've pasted links to a couple of those sites in the Sources section below.

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Posted on (Answer #4)

You can also find great quotes by Shakespeare here on eNotes.  Just click on the following link - you can search by play, by's really a super resource!

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