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When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally
by Andrew Coyle Bradley

When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally
at first makes people talk about the hero,
but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight,
so that we await his entrance with curiosity,
and sometimes with anxiety.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself
against attack or want of conformity answer in full
to our feelings regarding the tragic character.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Shakespeare also introduces the supernatural into some of his tragedies;
he introduces ghosts,
and witches who have supernatural knowledge.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In speaking, for convenience, of devices and expedients,
I did not intend to imply that Shakespeare always deliberately
aimed at the effects which he produced.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

 

Most people, even among those who know Shakespeare
well and come into real contact with his mind,
are inclined to isolate and exaggerate some one aspect of the tragic fact.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Shakespeare's idea of the tragic fact is larger than
this idea and goes beyond it;
but it includes it,
and it is worth while to observe the identity of the
two in a certain point which is often ignored.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In Shakespearean tragedy the main source of the convulsion
which produces suffering and death is never good:
good contributes to this convulsion only from its tragic
implication with its opposite in one and the same character.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

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A Shakespearean tragedy as so far considered may be
called a story of exceptional calamity leading to the
death of a man in high estate.
But it is clearly much more than this,
and we have now to regard it from another side.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

But, in addition, there is, all through the tragedy,
a constant alternation of rises and falls in this tension
or in the emotional pitch of the work,
a regular sequence of more exciting and less exciting sections.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly,
selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved
to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not
merely to language but to any healthy moral sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

King Lear alone among these plays has a distinct double action.
Besides this, it is impossible, I think,
from the point of view of construction,
to regard the hero as the leading figure.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

We cannot arrive at Shakespeare's whole dramatic way
of looking at the world from his tragedies alone,
as we can arrive at Milton's way of regarding things,
or at Wordsworth's or at Shelley's, by examining almost
any one of their important works.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Shakespeare very rarely makes the least attempt to
surprise by his catastrophes.
They are felt to be inevitable, though the precise
way in which they will be brought about is not,
of course, foreseen.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Job was the greatest of all the children of the east,
and his afflictions were well-nigh more than he could bear;
but even if we imagined them wearing him to death,
that would not make his story tragic.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In the first place, it must be remembered that our
point of view in examining the construction of a play
will not always coincide with that which we occupy
in thinking of its whole dramatic effect.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

In approaching our subject it will be best,
without attempting to shorten the path by referring
to famous theories of the drama,
to start directly from the facts, and to collect from
them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Both Brutus and Hamlet are highly intellectual by nature and reflective by habit.
Both may even be called, in a popular sense,
philosophic; Brutus may be called so in a stricter sense.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

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.
- William Shakespeare

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

All's well that ends well.
- Proverb (and title of a Shakespeare play)

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

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

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

Love is blind.
- William Shakespeare

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.
- Kenneth Branagh

Jacobean plays, before Shakespeare, were particularly visceral.
- Christopher Eccleston

I cannot understate the ability to handle classical
texts such as Shakespeare.
- Louise Jameson

The Shakespeare that Shakespeare became is the name
that's attached to these astonishing objects that he left behind.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I had the training at drama school where I studied
Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period
historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.
- Orlando Bloom

It's an intuitive exercise to do a Shakespeare play
and to go through a Shakespeare play.
- Mark Rylance

If you are feeling something, then Shakespeare felt it and wrote about it -
and wrote about it so eloquently.
- Richard McCabe

Shakespeare said, nothing is either good nor bad but thinking makes it so.
- Dyan Cannon

To judge therefore of Shakespeare by Aristotle's rule
is like trying a man by the Laws of one Country who
acted under those of another.
- Elizabeth Montagu

We had five goats, two dogs, a cat and racks of commentaries on Shakespeare.
- Charles Dance

I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain.
- Jackson Browne

Shakespeare is the one who gets re-interpreted most frequently.
- Sam Waterston

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
- William Shakespeare

You have to work with what you are given,
even in Shakespeare.
we have our form and it is important that we free ourselves through it.
- Ajay Naidu

I think there's a poet who wrote once a tragedy by Shakespeare,
a symphony by Beethoven and a thunderstorm are based on the same elements.
I think that's a beautiful line.
- Maximilian Schell

No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer,
is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
- Harold Bloom

Anything well written with good language and clarity
and honesty is worth doing.
It comes out of the same tradition as Shakespeare.
- Michael Moriarty

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

I'll bet Shakespeare compromised himself a lot;
anybody who's in the entertainment industry does to some extent.
- Christopher Isherwood

It was easier to do Shakespeare than a lot of modern
movie scripts that are so poorly written.
- Jessica Lange

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the
most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the
English language to a young man.
- Stephen Greenblatt

One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's
characters is his courage to face up to the darker
elements of his personality.
- Kenneth Branagh

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination,
attesting in all men a creative power,
which if it were available in waking,
would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
- Frederick Henry Hedge

Doing Shakespeare in the Park has always been a dream.
Everyone else says Hamlet, but I want to play Romeo.
- Aaron Yoo


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