I am haunted by the ghost of my father, I think that should allow me to quote Hamlet as much as I please.
I say there is no darkness but ignorance,” said William Shakespeare. How would he know, he knew everything?
Would it help,
I’ll find a day to massacre them all
And raze their faction and their family,
The cruel father and his traitorous sons,
To whom I sued for my dear son’s life,
And make them know what ’tis to let a queen
Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.
A southwest blow on ye and blister you all o’er!’
‘The red plague rid you!’
‘Toads, beetles, bats, light on you!’
‘As wicked dew as e’er my mother brushed with raven’s feather from unwholesome fen drop on you.’
‘Thou jesting monkey thou’
‘Apes with foreheads villainous low’
-The Caliban Curses
He [Alexander von Humboldt] was to science what Shakespeare was to the drama.
As Shakespeare says, if you’re going to do a thing you might as well pop right at it and get it over.
And it’s what you never will write,” said the Controller. “Because, if it were really like Othello nobody could understand it, however new it might be. And if were new, it couldn’t possibly be like Othello.
Go ye, who rest so placidly upon the sacred Bard who had been young, and when he strung his harp was old, and had never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging their bread; go, Teachers of content and honest pride, into the mine, the mill, the forge, the squalid depths of deepest ignorance, and uttermost abyss of man’s neglect, and say can any hopeful plant spring up in air so foul that it extinguishes the soul’s bright torch as fast as it is kindled!
No one has yet managed to be post-Shakespearean.