Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Kith And Kin: Frank Muir

Her face showed the kind of ferocious disbelief with which Goneril must have taken the news that her difficult old father King Lear had decided to retire and move in with her. Frank Muir 1920- The Walpole Orange 1993 The … Continue reading

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A Liberal Education: Tallulah Bankhead

I read Shakespeare and the Bible and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education. Tallulah Bankhead 1903-1968 attributed The illustration is copyright: Everett Collection via Shutterstock

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Literature: Justin Richardson

For years a secret shame destroyed my peace— I’d not read Eliot, Auden or MacNeice. But then I had a thought that brought me hope— Neither had Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope. Justin Richardson 1900-1975 Take Heart, Illiterates Provenance is problematic … Continue reading

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But Be Not Afraid Of Greatness: Shakespeare

But be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Twelfth Night (1601) As advice goes, I have no problem with the first clause – bring … Continue reading

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Stendhal v Shakespeare on Romanticism

Before love is born, beauty is necessary as a sign, it predisposes [us] to this passion by the praises we hear bestowed on whom we will love. Avant la naissance de l’amour, la beauté est nécessaire comme enseigne; elle prédispose à … Continue reading

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False Attribution

He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself. This is good advice. But who said it? Must be Shakespeare (that will get you to at least the third … Continue reading

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