William Shakespeare: Man, proud man

“But man, proud man, / Drest 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.”

—William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare: When we mean to build

“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 we then but draw anew the model

In fewer offices, or at least desist

To build at all?”

—William Shakespeare
Henry IV, Part2, I.iii,1598. 

William Shakespeare: Answers

The Merchant of Venice (2004 film)

The Merchant of Venice (2004 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ‘Chandos portrait’ after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I am not bound to please thee with my answers.”

~Shylock in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Act IV, Scene I, Line 65)

Portia and Shylock

Portia and Shylock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Shakespeare: Lend me your ears

Sketch of William Shakespeare.

Sketch of William Shakespeare. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them The good is oft interred with their bones.”
William Shakespeare

 

 

William Shakespeare: Honorable men

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ‘Chandos portrait’ after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men.”
William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar“, Act 3 scene 2

William Shakespeare: Heavenly thoughts

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go. –

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, playwright and poet (1564-1616)

 

William Shakespeare: Faces

William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare: To Thine Own Self Be True

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This above all to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.” –

Shakespeare: Hamlet I.iii.