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Shakespeare on Injustice or Justice Unequally Applied

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: Some run from brakes of ice, and answer none: And some condemned for a fault alone.” (Measure For Measure, act 2, sc. 1) Comments. The US incarcerates more of its citizens than any nation on earth, both in absolute numbers and proportionally. But the law is Read More

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Shakespeare on the Difference between Democrats and Republicans

“… you weigh equally; a feather will turn the scale.” (Measure For Measure, act 4, sc. 2) Tips for Use.   Perfectly applicable line to the alleged differences between Democrats and Republicans. With the techniques of George Bernay’s (his booklet “Propaganda” should be mandatory reading in any educational institution), every effort is made to maintain the Read More

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Shakespeare on Talents and their Use

Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves, for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, ’twere all alike As if we had them not.” (Measure for Measure, act 1, sc.1) Tips for Use. Answer to a compliment where your unique and particular skills are praised – Read More

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Shakespeare on Modesty and Sex-Appeal

“… Can it be That modesty may more betray our sense Than woman’s lightness?” (Measure For Measure, act 2, sc. 3) Tips for use.  Here we have in verse the unassailable truth that modesty or elegant reserve are more enticing than explicit sexual messages. Regrettably many if not most of us have become inured to Read More

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Shakespeare on Boredom, Boring Speaker, Lengthy Event and Polite Insults

“This will last out a night in Russia, When nights are longest there“ (Measure For Measure, act 2, sc. 1) Tips for use.  A sentiment that, no doubt, many of us have felt or acquired when exposed to interminable presentations by a particularly boring speaker. Or when we have been obliged by politeness to attend Read More

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Shakespeare on Hypocrisy, Deception and False Appearances

“O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!” (Measure For Measure, act 3, sc. 2) Tips for use.  A pointed comment on hypocrisy and hypocrites and generally on deceptive or false appearances. The word hypocrisy is of Greek derivation, hypokrisis, “acting on the stage, pretense”. Describing a European country in Read More

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Shakespeare on Power, Arrogance and the Arrogance of Power

“… man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he’s most assured, His glassy essence, like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the angels weep.” (Measure For Measure act 2, sc. 2) Tips for Use. Include the lines in a resignation email when you Read More

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Shakespeare on Sleep as a Health-Care Remedy

“The best of rest is sleep, And that thou oft provokest; yet grossly fear’st Thy death, which is no more.” (Measure For Measure act 3, sc.1) Tips for Use. Here is a quotation that, divided into sections, can be applied in three different contexts. That the best of rest is sleep, is a medical or Read More

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