Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shakespeare on Banking

 “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” (Hamlet act 1, sc. 3) Tips for Use. Today Polonius would probably modify his exhortations. Rather than not … Continue reading

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Shakespeare. A Good Reply when You Don’t Know What to Say

“Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit; By and by it will strike.” (Tempest act 2, sc.1) Tips for Use.  How often we know what to answer to an ironic remark or a joke and yet the answer … Continue reading

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Shakespearean Insult. How to Put a Liar in his Place

“Then, Saunder, sit there, the lyingest knave in Christendom. If thou hadst been born blind, thou mightest as well have known all our names as thus to name the several colours we do wear” (King Henry VI.part 2. act 2 … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and How to Invite Patience

“…Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper Sprinkle cool patience.” (Hamlet act 3, sc. 4) Tips for Use.  Good put down during a corporate meeting where bullies are not exempt from presence or attendance. Ask the enraged party to … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Falstaff, Political Correctness, Cowardice, or Both

“The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.” (KHIV part 1 act 5, sc. 4)  Tips for Use.  “The better part of valor is discretion” is a masterpiece of what today … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Money, Justice and Corruption

“May one be pardon’d and retain the offence? In the corrupted currents of this world, Offence’s gilded hand may shove by justice, And oft is seen the wicked prize itself Buys out the law.” (Hamlet act 3, sc. 3) Tips … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and 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 … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Fashion Apparel and Good Advice

 “Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man, And they in France of the best rank and station Are of a most select and generous … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Determination, Lack and Need of It

“… what we determine oft we break. Purpose’s but the slave to memory, Of violent birth, but poor validity.” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2) Tips for Use.  A good line to exhort and make sure that decisions taken under the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Fickleness of the Masses and Modern Advertising

 “Look, as I blow this feather from my face, And as the air blows it to me again, Obeying with my wind when I do blow, And yielding to another when it blows, Commanded always by the greater gust; Such … Continue reading

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