Category Archives: Best Shakespeare Quotes

It is almost a platitude but of all the quotes a speaker may use, Shakespeare’s carry the greater weight and the most recognizable authority. The site publishes regularly blogs taking one quote at a time and giving tips of how to use it, as well as the context of the quote and other information. Information mostly derived by the book “Your Daily Shakespeare”

Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4

Actual Quote: “If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” In Current Language: If I witnessed these events played on a stage, I would rate the fiction as unrealistic. Suggestions For Use: Colorful way to express incredulity at what is happening under your eyes, directly or at Read More

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All’s Well That Ends Well, act 3, sc. 3

Actual Quote “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill go together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues.” In Current Language: Life can be compared to a yarn, woven into an intricate Read More

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Hamlet, act 3, sc. 3, Crime and Remorse

Actual Quote: “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” In Current Language: My words may seem or sound good, but my thoughts have not changed. From the point of view of decency and honor, hypocritical words are empty and useless. Suggestions For Use: Apply part of the Read More

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The Bottom of the Barrel

By and large, for an ideology to take root among a people or a nation it is necessary to transform the individual into the mass man. For masses are – before in time and now often in the impalpable ether – what crowds are in space. Namely a large quantity of people unable to express Read More

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Decline and Fall of the Western World

Comparisons are often like bikinis, what they reveal is suggestive, what they conceal is vital. The principle equally applies when comparing the history of nations, as implied in the title, which echoes Gibbon’s 6-book, monumental “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. Indeed, in a possible contest of titles, quotes or witticisms, a winner would Read More

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Gorbachev, Trajectories of Opinions

All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity, (1) and from this point of view Gorbachev’s life is no different. Especially when equally remembering that all the world is a stage and all men and women merely players (2). However, men who visibly walked on the stage of history offer great opportunities for Read More

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Revolutions Then and Now

  Plutarch wrote his Parallel Lives, biographies of famous men, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. In a more modest imitation I will draw a parallel between our current historical moment and the phase of the French Revolution called ‘Jacobinism.’ Then I will review some overlooked background of the French Read More

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Germany, Russia and Remembrance of Things Past

Hegel the philosopher demonstrated that all partial truths are falsehoods. For partial truths are all the infinite half-truths that, stated without context and without qualifying their limits, become outright manipulations. Wherefrom it follows that great historical movements and events share, at their root, dynamics quite similar to those involved in the birth of great religions.

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The Mystery of Things

There is a certain satisfaction, however idle, in finding the seeds and weak beginnings of social phenomena that affect the world at large. And in understanding the orientations and critical directions of the historical process we live in. Even if most of us remain helpless and impotent spectators of public calamities, or witness the vanity Read More

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On Medicine and Dr. Knock

However it might be varnished by imagination or sophistry, the Covid pandemic is one of the most extraordinary phenomena of our times – but it is also the culmination of a mode of thought gradually developed through a long historical gestation. For what originally was (and still is), the natural and necessary need for assistance Read More

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