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william shakespeare | the tragedy of king lear

Painting by Arif Bahtiar

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

The weight of this sad time we must obey,
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne most. We that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.

–Shakespeare, THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR


The Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris

7 Comments

  1. Two great photos, one great quote. Nice, Norb. Don

  2. Ah, a bookstore by any other name would smell as sweet

  3. heaven is surely a bookstore

  4. But if we did who cannot say
    We did not feel, not put our lives at bay
    While bearing much for wisdom’s gain.
    The young will see and learn and live so long.

  5. This came at an auspicious time. My husband died last Wednesday; the moment was not expected. I had always liked this quote but forgotten it; it is what I truly believe. I thank whatever part of your expansive spirit moved you to do this.

  6. King Lear is a Shakespeare jewel and an old favorite. The verse that has stayed with me,like the one you quoted, packs a punch.

    The Sir that serves and seeks for gain
    and follows but for form,
    will fly when it begins to rain
    and leave thee in the storm.

    But I will stay,
    the Fool will tarry
    and let the Wise man fly,
    The knave no Fool that runs away,
    The Fool no knave perdy!

    Thanks, Phil

  7. What a tremendous portrait. Ow and wow!

    And who would think Shakespeare and Company would look almost as messy as my office?!

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