Shakespeare and the Milk of Human Kindness

 The Milk of Human Kindness“… yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way:”
(Macbeth act 1, sc. 5)

Tips for Use.  It is usually somewhat awkward to answer compliments, especially when we are uncertain if the compliment is sincere or flattery, or maybe a bit of both. Mild irony is generally a good recipe. Therefore if someone suggests that you have been excellent, or magnanimous, or kind, or similar, a good comeback may be, “…I am full of the milk of human kindness…” Depending on the tone of the job interview, it could be an answer to a question that deals with your (presumed) kind behavior or similar.
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In the Play. Lady Macbeth has received a letter from Macbeth where he tells her that the witches have predicted that he will be king. Lady Macbeth is concerned that her husband may not have enough ambition to achieve the goal ‘the nearest way’.

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