Monthly Archives: July 2012

Shakespeare on How to Ask for a Salary Raise

 “To my unfolding lend your gracious ear, And let me find a charter in your voice To assist my simpleness.” (Othello, act 1, sc. 3) Comments.  You know all the practical reasons for asking for a raise in salary, but … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Thank you, Thank you notes, Comebacks and Insults

“Thank me no thankings, nor, proud me no prouds” (Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 5) Tips for Use. Perfect repartee for insincere social expressions and an elegant way to invite the other party(ies) to cut to the chase. Particularly … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Relative Strengths and Weaknesses

“To end a tale of length, Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength.” (Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3) Tips for Use. Change ‘Troy’ to any other city, state, person, situation, circumstances, where the enemy appears strong … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Feminism, Women Power and Free Speech

 “Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak.” (As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2) Tips for Use. This line is specifically addressed to and usable by the members of the gentle sex. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on True Love that Never did Run Smooth

 “… for aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth.” (Midsummer Night’s Dream act 1, sc. 1)  Tips for Use. If you are a third party … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love as a Fever and All-consuming Passion

“My love is as a fever, longing still For that which longer nurseth the disease…” (SON 147) Tips for Use. When you are consumed with passion and cannot give her up. Or to express the strength of your attachment. In … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Vows, Love Promises and Promises Broken

“Vows are but breath, and breath a vapour is” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 4, sc. 3) Comments. The line can be interpreted in two ways, or better, adapted to two opposite circumstances. To state that vows are but breath means … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Love as an Antidepressant, Effects of Love

 “…thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings, That then I scorn to change my state with kings” (SON 29) Comments. If just a thought can have this effect then it is not necessary to look for other symptoms (of love). … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Bad Food and Bad Restaurants

“… thy food is such As hath been belched on by infected lungs.” (Pericles act 4, sc. 6) Comments. Excellent line to describe your disgust with a particularly bad restaurant, “Their food is such as hath been belched on by … Continue reading

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