On Sen. John McCain:
"Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek,
a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly? Is
not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin
double, you wit single, and every part about you
blasted with antiquity, and will you yet call yourself
young? Fie, fie, fie, Sir John!"
Henry IV, Part 2
On Sen. McCain's Iraq policy:
"Let me have war, say I; it exceeds peace as far as day does night; it's spritely, waking,
audible, and full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled, deaf, sleep, insensible; a getter of more bastard children than war's a destroyer of men."
On Sen. Barack Obama:
"I would be loath to cast away my speech, for besides
that it is excellently well penned. I have taken great
pains to con it."
On Sen. Obama's healthcare policy:
"Great griefs I see, medicine the less."
On Gov. Sarah Palin:
"Oh! I could play the woman with mine eyes,
And braggert with my tongue."
On Gov. Palin and the media:
"I am not bound to please thee with my answer."
Merchant of Venice
On Sen. Joe Biden:
"You wit's to hot, it speeds too fast,
Love's Labour's Lost
On Sen. Biden's strategy in the vice presidential debate:
"You speak like a green girl,
Unsifted in such perilous circumstance."
On President Bush's lame duck status:
"O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure?"
On President Bush's legacy:
"Like a dull actor now,
I have forgot my part, and I am out,
Even to a full disgrace."
On Sen. Hillary Clinton:
"O tiger's heart wrapp'd in a woman's hide!"
Henry VI, Part III
On former President Bill Clinton:
"Alas! Why gnaw you so your nether lip?"
On political consultants:
"Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if
you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as life the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor
do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently; for in the very
torrent, tempest, and - as I may say - whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a
temperance, that may give it smoothness."
On the presidential election process:
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."
On the crisis on Wall Street:
"I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse;
borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is
Henry IV, Part II
On presidential candidates' press conferences:
"Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry 'Caesar". Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear."
On McCain and Obama campaign strategists Steve Schmidt and David Axelrod:
"I want that glib and oily art
To speak and purpose note; since what I well intend,
I'll do it before I speak."
On the swift boating of Sen. John Kerry:
"The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foil'd,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd."
On political spinners:
"He hath indeed better bettered expectation than you must
expect of me to tell you how."
Much Ado About Nothing
On political pundits:
"What's the matter, you dissentious rogues,
That, rubbing the poor itch of your opinion,
Make yourselves scabs?"
Comedy of Errors
On Bob Schieffer, George Stephanopolous and Tom Brokaw:
"Whose sore task
Does not divide the Sunday from the week."
On every politician's view of the news media:
"As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport."
On former Sen. Bob Dole's Viagara commercials:
"Is it not so strange that desire should so many years
Henry IV, Part II
On syndicated columnist Bob Novak, who is suffering from brain cancer:
"The prince of darkness is a gentleman."