Mar 15 – ‘The Ides of March’ …

Posted on March 10, 2008. Filed under: Great Writing, Quotes |

CAESAR
Who is it that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, cry, ‘Caesar!’ ….. Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
SOOTHSAYER
Beware the ides of March.

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And on the ides of March —

CAESAR
The ides of March are come.
SOOTHSAYER
But not gone O’ Caesar!

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And CAESAR on the man who plotted his murder …

Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
He thinks too much. … He reads much … and is a great observer and looks quite through the deeds of men.
He loves no plays, he hears no music; seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort, as if he mock’d himself and scorn’d his spirit that could be moved to smile at any thing.
Such men as he be never at heart’s ease whilst they behold a greater than themselves, and therefore are they very dangerous.

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616). The Bard is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. He was a respected poet and playwright in his own day but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. His plays remain highly popular and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

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