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Quoting Shakespeare


Blog Posted:1/13/2014 9:33:00 AM

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare ``It's Greek to me'', you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise -why, be that as it may, the more fool you , for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.

Bernard Levin

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  1. Date: 1/14/2014 11:19:00 AM
    this bernard levin knows the value honesty very well, craig.. he means what he says because he is true to himsrlf... lovely point of reference.. huggs

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 11:59:00 PM
    I don't really enjoy reading Shakespeare since it's old English and difficult for me to understand; however, I appreciate all his contributions to the history of literature. Wow, he has added a lot to our culture!!! Great blog.

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 9:02:00 PM
    I can't remember WHERE I read something similar ... Hmmmm ... so, if "someone" doesn't give credit to Shakespeare ... that "someone" ... is plagiarizing?? : D

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 5:45:00 PM
    I must have quoted Shakespeare in a way or another.So.i do.believe now : ) An excellent thought.provoking blog Craig.zOne of my best experiences was when I trsvelled to UK and visited the Bard'd birthplace ..living houses and tomb..I really enjoyedvit..Not so my hubby..Not a fan.of poetry : ).and the Bard : )

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    rogers Avatar james rogers Date: 1/13/2014 6:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL, We do have to tolerate each other's passions don't we!!
  1. Date: 1/13/2014 11:42:00 AM
    Cool, man. It's like Jeff Foxworthy for the learned man. "If you've ever .... you might be quoting Shakespeare!"...;)

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    rogers Avatar james rogers Date: 1/13/2014 6:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That is a perfect analogy, and if Shakespeare peed in the Avon--he might be a redneck!
  1. Date: 1/13/2014 11:18:00 AM
    That's serious study of the bard - do you know whether academia has concluded he was 1 man or a compilation of men yet?

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 10:55:00 AM
    My fave: To thine own self be true. Good reminder, Craig.

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 10:16:00 AM
    Great stuff it's great to learn something, thanks for the info xx

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