Monday, August 11, 2008

Great Exaggerations

I collaborated with the Bard and we cobbled this together, nice guy that fella.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Yet here, Laertes! Aboard, aboard for shame!
The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail,
And you are stay'd for.
There ... my blessing with thee!
And these few precepts in thy memory
Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg’d comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel but, being in,
Bear't that th' opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgement.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
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.
Farewell; my blessing season this in thee!

-- William Shakespeare



At 7:12 PM , Blogger The Fool said...

Well, well, well (and that's a deep subject) pulled some words from the bard that I cannot place. Hmmm. Terrific photo, too...what is that kid tangled in? And is he a relative?

I'm back on line, friend. Thanks for the assist in absentia.

At 1:06 AM , Blogger Cléa said...

And suddenly I am back at school in English class... true words indeed.

At 4:11 AM , Blogger josh williams said...

the fool: Me Thinks this quote is from Hamlet. The photo is of a friend of mines boy, he was playing on the trampoline I was playing with my new point and shoot, and thanks.
Well I am glad you are back its a load off my shoulders, minding your blog and all, especially what with all the rowdy s goading me into hosting a party on your dime, the gall of some bloggers!

clea: My senior year my thesis in English was to be on the procrastination of Hamlet.
I cannot say I was a star student and I had already been accepted into the University so I did not turn in anything.Kinda because of my issues of procrastination, you no stuff like that. I was young and settled for a C that semester.The instructor never said a word to me and for this I am grateful,really a great teacher and I felt honored that he did not badger me or flunk me out of spite.

At 6:29 AM , Blogger Zen Wizard said...

It must have taken an hour minutes to order a pizza, in Elizabethan times.


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