Regardless of your opinion of the Bard’s works, the very fact that he’s single-handedly responsible for a vast chunk of the modern English language ought to afford him a fair bit of respect. Here’s a list of only a few of the phrases and idioms that can reportedly be traced back directly to him:
I Googled a few of these and their earliest citations were indeed found in works by Shakespeare, so it seems to bear true. Utterly unsurprising, though still damned impressive. How many words have you invented lately, ya lazy scallywag?
(via Joe. My. God.)