By George Smith
Willie Shakes said it all at one time or another. His immortal words ring true today on a variety of subjects. He talked about all things and the lines he wrote speak to us today.
I became infatuated with his turn of phrases in high school and took two Shakespeare courses in college.
No writer, before or since, cut to the core of a matter with more clarity than The Bard.
Let your imagination run free as mine did.
“It is not in the Stars to hold our Destiny but in ourselves” – Julius Caesar
“I am disgraced, impeach’d and baffled here, pierced to the soul with slander’s venom’d spear, which no balm can cure but his heart-blood which breathed this poison.” Richard II
“The man’s undone forever; for if Hector break not his neck in the combat, he’ll break it himself in
vain-glory. Troilus and Cressida
“Strong reasons make strong actions.” Lewis in King John
“My pride fell with my fortunes.”
As You Like It
“I will not jump with common spirits,
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.” The Merchant of Venice
“Go wisely and go slowly. Those who rush, stumble and fall.” Romeo and Juliet
“This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh!” 1 Henry IV
“You sign your place and calling, in full seeming, with meekness and humility; but your heart is cramm’d with arrogancy, spleen, and pride.
“…When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed; at game, a-swearing, or about some act that has no relish of salvation in’t; then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven, and that his soul may be as damn’d and black as hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays:this physic but prolongs thy sickly days.
“He that is proud eats up himself: pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.
Troilus and Cressida
“It is a tale; full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Macbeth in Macbeth
“There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.” Coriolanus
“If a Jew wrong a Christian,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.”
The Merchant of Venice
“We know what we are but know not what we may be.”– Ophelia in Hamlet”
“More of your conversation would infect my brain..” Coriolanus
“A pox on both your houses….”
Mercurio in Romeo and Juliet
“Such antics do not amount to a man.” Henry V
“He is white-livered and red-faced.”
“They were devils incarnate.”
“They are hare-brain’d slaves.”
1 Henry VI
“I have more flesh than another man and therefore more frailty.” – King Henry IV
“He is deformed, crooked, old and sere, Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;’vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind; stigmatic in making, worse in mind.
The Comedy of Errors
“Your abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone.” Coriolanus
“I can see his pride peep through each part of him.” Henry VIII
“The croaking raven doth bellow for revenge.” Hamlet
“Infected he the air whereon they ride,
And damned all those that trust them.” Macbeth
“The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.” Coriolanus
“My hour is almost come, when I to sulphurous and tormenting flames must render up myself.” Hamlet.
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