The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and
ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our
faults whipped them not; and our crimes would
despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues.
All's Well That Ends Well, 4.3
Despite the overwhelming evidence of the 56 quotes extracted from 30 different works presented randomly at Vexspeare, some hardcore skeptics refuse to believe that vex.net, in the 1990s, could have been the source of inspiration for a poet and playright who is said to have died April 23rd, 1616.
How do I answer this criticism? I simply let the evidence speak for itself. There is just no convincing some people-- that's life. It does not bother me in the least.
Some have inquired as to whether William Shakespeare actually has, or has ever had, an account with vex.net. Fortunately I respect his privacy far too much to give out such information. If Will wants people to know that he is on vex.net then he can create a '.vexrc' control file, like everyone else, and have his web page published in the official vex.net member web page list.
I have been accused, believe it or not (!), of having quoted some of Shakespeare's passages out of context!
To this ridiculous aspersion all I have to say, and always say, is this: better Shakespeare out of context than no Shakepeare at all!
If, for whatever reason, you want the complete list of 56 Vexspeare quotations you may have them here. Know, however, that although they are in plain text format, they are not formatted for easy human reading.