17 November 2018

Shakespeare’s take on life and death

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All’s well that ends well… or is it? When it came to immortality and family matters, Shakespeare took a cynical view as 10 of the bard’s quotes suggest… 

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“For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause.”

– Hamlet, Act III, scene 1

“Death is a fearful thing.”

– Measure for Measure, Act III, scene 1

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

– Julius Caesar, Act II, scene 2

“He that dies pays all debts.”

– The Tempest, Act III, scene 2

“We cannot hold mortality's strong hand.”

– King John, Act IV, Scene 2

“Ay, but to die, and go we know not where.”

– Measure for Measure, Act III, scene 1

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How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!”

– King Lear, Act I, scene 4

“It a wise father that knows his own child.”

– The Merchant of Venice, Act II, scene 2

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

– All’s Well That Ends Well, Act III, scene 5

“Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.”

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I, scene 1

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