Now, it is thought that Shakespeare admired Marlowe. According to Wikipedia:
The most famous tribute to Marlowe was paid by Shakespeare in As You Like It, where he not only quotes a line from Hero and Leander (Dead Shepherd, now I find thy saw of might, "Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?") but also gives to the clown Touchstone the words "When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room." This appears to be a reference to Marlowe's murder which involved a fight over the "reckoning" – the bill.
It must have struck a chord with Shakespeare when Marlowe was killed, a man so like himself - a writer for a London theater company, who was even the same age as him.
Shakespeare and Marlowe each have a bunch of famous quotes (especially Shakespeare, who lived longer and -therefore- wrote more). Here is one from each:
Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. - Her lips suck forth my soul; see, where it flies! - - Christopher Marlowe
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
- William Shakespeare
So, what do you think? Who is your favorite?