Archive for April 2016

Shakespeare at 400: Hamlet

Shakespeare at 400: Hamlet
For my final look at famous quotations from the works of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) as the 400th anniversary of his death approaches (on April 23), here are some famous speeches and smaller quotations from “Hamlet.” Among the smallest is one that needs to be short: “Brevity is the soul of wit.” — Act II, Scene 2... Read more »

Shakespeare at 400: 'As You Like It'

Shakespeare at 400: 'As You Like It'
Sometimes the best part of “browsing through Bartlett’s,” my looks at Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, is finding the long version of something that’s usually quoted as just a few lines. That’s what happened to me when my search for the work of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) led me to “As You Like It.” Just about any speaker... Read more »

Shakespeare at 400: 'A Midsummer-Night's Dream'

Shakespeare at 400: 'A Midsummer-Night's Dream'
The perfect Shakespeare play for this week — which as I write has seen snow, rain and sleet as well as sun — seems to be “A Midsummer-Night’s Dream.” William Shakespeare (1564-1616) seems rarely to have written anything so romantic and fun. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations has several quotations from the play, such as these: “The course... Read more »
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