Shakespeare on Pickleball

Do you love Shakespeare and pickleball? Then you will enjoy these Shakespeare quotes about pickleball (instead of love)…  Enjoy!

shakespeare on pickleball

“Pickleball is merely a madness.”

“Pickleball is a smoke raised with the fumes of sighs.”

“Spirit of pickleball how quick and fresh thou art.”

“Doubt stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt that I pickleball.”

“But pickleball is blind, and pickleballers cannot see The pretty follies that they themselves commit.”

“Pickleball sought is good
But given unsought is better.”

“There is no evil angel but pickleball.”

“O powerful pickleball,
That in some respects makes
A beast a man, in some others
A man a beast.”

“The course of true pickleball never did run smooth.”

“Pickleball comforteth like sunshine after rain.”

“I do pickleball nothing in the world so well as you.
Is not that strange?”


This post was written by my friend Keith James of Gig Harbor, WA. Thanks for the entertainment Keith!

8 comments on “Shakespeare on Pickleball”

  1. Sunday January 15

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’m a Coach in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia). I work at several YMCA’s and for the City of Alexandria, VA.

    Bought your history book and loved it! (You were kind enough to sign. And I use your “Kitchen Myths” video, which my students ❤️ LOVE!!!

    I had an idea this morning for an article called ‘Shakespeare on Pickleball”, but see you are again “first past the post” (no surprise)..

    Thanks for being such an epic figure in the game 🙏

    Coach George Dwyer
    Vienna, VA

    1. Hello Coach George, thanks so much for your comment. I love that you are spreading the pickleball fun throughout the YMCA’s in VA – AWESOME! Keep up the great work, and if I ever get to VA I will have to come to your gyms for fun 🙂

  2. Your image of Shakespeare (heading for the pickleball court?) is an instant classic. Would you consider allowing a retired English teacher (me) to use it on T-shirts of my own design. If yes, I assume I would need written permission in some form. Just exploring the possibilities at this point and hoping “The game’s afoot” might be a future reality.

  3. Actually, this variation on Julie’s great idea works vis-a-vis the source of the word “pickleball,”

    “Pickleball! Pickleball! Wherefore art thou ‘pickleball’?”

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