Monthly Archives: June 2012

Shakespeare Insults and a Good Comeback to an Insult

CLIFFORD Why, what a brood of traitors have we here! YORK Look in a glass, and call thy image so (King Henry VI part 2 act 5, sc. 1) Tips for use. Powerful verbal retort to an insult – “Look … Continue reading

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Seven Ages of Man, take 5, the Justice or Judge

“And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lin’d, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part.” (As You Like It, act 2, sc. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Teachers and how to Answer by not Answering

“But pardon me, I am too sudden-bold To teach a teacher ill beseemeth me.” (Love Labour’s Lost act 2, sc. 1) Tips for use. Perfect answer when you do not want to answer – especially when requested for advice that … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love, Love Goodbyes and Goodbyes to Love

“To die by thee, were but to die in jest; From thee to die, were torture more than death.” (King Henry VI part 2, act 3, sc. 2) Tips for use. Your answer to admonishments of the type “Drive carefully”, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love and Power and Life Choices

“He after honour hunts, I after love: He leaves his friends to dignify them more, I leave myself, my friends and all, for love.” (Two Gentlemen of Verona act 1, sc. 1) Tips for use.  Excellent explanation as to why … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love, Smoke and Sighs and General Related Symptoms

“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; Being urged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. (Romeo and Juliet act 1, sc. 1) Tips for use. If you concur, give … Continue reading

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Seven Ages of Man, take 4, the Soldier

“… Then a soldier, Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation, Even in the cannon mouth.” Tips for use. “Bubble reputation” applies at large and not only to those who seek it in the military. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love and/or a Consolation Prize

 “Vouchsafe me, for my meed, but one fair look; A smaller boon than this I cannot beg And less than this, I am sure, you cannot give.” (Two Gentlemen from Verona, act 5, sc. 4) Tips for use. When she … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Compliments on her Complexion

“The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, As daylight doth lamp…”  (Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2) Tips for use. Lay it thick,  “the brightness of your cheek would shame those stars…lamp.” Are the lady’s cheeks not … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Answer to the Fatidical Question, “How Much Do You Love Me?”

 “And I am one that loves Bianca more Than words can witness, or your thoughts can guess.” (Taming Of the Shrew, act 2, sc.1) Tips for use. Answer to ‘How much do you love me?’ Change ‘Bianca’ to the name … Continue reading

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