The Wisdom of Shakespeare
The Philosophical Library presents the most important thinkers through the ages and their most influential writings
THE WISDOM OF SHAKESPEARE
“This above all, to thine own self be true.”
The playwright Ben Jonson said William Shakespeare was not “of an age but for all time.” Certainly, the man who penned such immortal works as Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night delved into the human experience as no other writer before or since. His thoughts on love, friendship, power, politics, injustice, education, humanity, life, death, and grief are as pertinent today as those of any contemporary artist. Here in this invaluable collection are 250 ideas and quotations from the man who stands at the center of Western literature and continues to influence every generation—an important, easy-to-use reference for both the scholar and the enthusiast.
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Ado I.i Antony—A&C beast Beatrice—Much Ado beauty Benedick—Much Ado Berowne—LLL blood Bolingbroke—Richard breath Brutus—JC chimes at midnight Cleopatra—A&C crown death devil doth dream ears earth Edgar—Lear Enobarbus—A&C eyes fair Falstaff—1 Henry Falstaff—2 Henry IVI.ii father faults fear Feste—TN fire fool Fool—Lear Fortune fortune’s friends give grief Hamlet—Hamlet hath heart heaven heigh-ho Henry IV II.iv Henry IVI.ii Henry VIIII.ii honour Hotspur—1 Henry I.ii I.iv Iago—Othello II.i III.i IV.i IV.iv IV.v IV.vi Juliet—RJ King Henry King Henry—Henry King Richard—Richard Lear—Lear lion live lord lov’d Love’s lovers Macbeth—Macbeth maid man’s men’s nature nature’s ne’er never night noble Noble Kinsmen o’er Pericles—Pericles poor Portia—MV Proteus—TGV reason Richard III Romeo—RJ Rosalind—AYLI sigh sing sleep sorrow soul speak sweet thee there’s thing thou art Timon—Timon tongue Troilus—TC true V.ii V.iii V.iv VIII virtue VIV.i What’s William Shakespeare winter’s wise Wives woman words youth