Friday, May 06, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 5/6/16
“’Shakespeare’s great.’  Duh.  Shakespeare’s cool, man.”  (Alex Flinn)  400 yrs after Shakespeare, we still use these sayings: Break the ice; Wild goose chase; Love is blind; Brave new world; Naked truth; Green-eyed monster; Bated breath; Fight fire with fire; Laughing stock.  Recently I read an article about people who’ve changed the world…Gutenberg, Plato, Edison, Jesus.  Shakespeare was also on the list.  I wish I’d paid more attention in English Lit.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  All those phrases below are attributed to Shakespeare?====JACK:  That's the point.  W.S. has more of an influence upon us that we might realize.  The same goes for the influence of Biblical "sayings": Bite the dust, Bird in the hand, A broken heart, A drop in the bucket, Fly in the ointment, Labor of love, etc, etc.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  We love going up to Stratford every year.    I study the Shakespeare play before I go.   That helps me.    I really enjoy them...and the other plays also..   This year we will see MacBeth.  (My wife is a McGregor).   We will see Chorus Line,  As You Like It, and the Hypochondriac by Moliere.    Great assortment.====JACK:  I was thinking of you when I chose this quote, knowing of your interest in Shakespeare...besides being interested in tennis, debate, politics, theology, philosophy, children's books, the Tigers. and on and on.

FROM TARMART REV:  I thought it interesting the last time I was in West Bloomfield and visited the newer Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills, they had placed a large timeline on one of their walls of the Jewish calendar covering the greater Biblical events up to modern day . . . along with Jesus and Mohammad, they had the date and existence of the Beatles . . . interesting thought to ponder, to say the least!?====JACK:  That is interesting.  I wonder who made that decision?  Just out of curiosity, I'll check into it.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  and also, breaking wind:)====JACK:  I wonder Adam and Eve had that problem, too?

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  It's never too late pay attention........or to repent.====JACK:  I might be enticed to audit a class...but taking something for credit (which involves tests) is not for me.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I'll never forget seeing AS YOU LIKE IT at the theatre in Avalon, his home town got every leer, nuance, and full meaning of the lines..It was incredible, and a wonderful comedy and experience!!  The first time i really understood and appreciated Shakespeare's wit and wry wisdom!====JACK:  Computer sources are soooo great!  I learn so much, and I also learn how much I need to learn.

FROM SBP IN FLORIDA:  I love Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Especially after I'd discovered how to read them. A favorite quote is " This above all, to thine ownself be true."====JACK:  You can't go back and change the past, but if I could, I might have taken different classes in high school.  But then, I wouldn't be who I am today...  I'm satisfied to let the past be the past...back then, or yesterday.

1 comment:

SBP said...

I love Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Especially after I'd discovered how to read them. A favorite quote is " This above all, to thine ownself be true."