People often ask me: "Do you think you're a better writer than Shakespeare?"
I have practiced to be circumspect. I have judiciously learned instead to turn it around on the questioner and ask:
"What do you think? Do you think I am a better writer than Shakespeare?"
They invariably answer:
"I think it's a tie."
That's good. That way everyone can sort of play it down the middle. There's really no point in upsetting Shakespeare.