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Shakespeare, Patriotism and Exceptionalism

“…there’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.” Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2 The term “Patria” or homeland is, of course, of Latin origin, meaning “land of the fathers”. In turn, presidents’ patriotic speeches … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Autumn

“That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin’d choirs where late the sweet birds sang….” (SON 73) Autumn, the bright … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Italian Cities and the Mystery of Things

… And take upon’s the mystery of things (King Lear, act 5, sc. 3) It is good to be home in Portland, after a fast trip with three presentations in Genoa, Turin and Milan – presentations of my book, (title … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Equivocation, Confusion and Meaning

“We must speak by the card or equivocation will undo us.” (Hamlet, act 5, sc. 1) Comments. Two historians separated in time by millennia said the same thing, A historian must describe things “as they happened” (wie es eigentlich gewesen), … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Procrastination and How to Avoid It

“… that we would do We should do when we would; for this ‘would’ changes And hath abatements and delays as many As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents; And then this ‘should’ is like a spendthrift sigh, That … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Fate, Destiny and the Powerlessness of Man

“But, orderly to end where I begun, Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 2) Tips for Use.  An … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on Planning, Management Planning and Risk Management

“When we mean to build, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, Then must we rate the cost of the erection; Which if we find outweighs ability, What do … Continue reading

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More things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet act 1, sc. 5) Tips for use. Evasive answer to questions of the type, ‘Why this?’ or ‘Why did you do this?’ when … Continue reading

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Brutus, Julius Caesar, a Better Opinion or Better Advice

“Good reasons must, of course, give place to better.”  (Julius Caesar act 4, sc. 3) Tips for use.  To gracefully acknowledge somebody else’s advice on a particular course of action. Useful during a presentation or whenever you must narrate biographical … 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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