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January 07, 2005

Quote of the Day

One day, someone WILL be quoting this at my funeral. One day far in the future, we hope, but there it is:

Our revels now are ended: these our actors
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yes, and all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a wrack behind: We are such stuff
As dreams are made of, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

–William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Posted by Dan at January 7, 2005 10:13 PM

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I can only think you're more optimistic than I would be were I in your postition. I'm more inclined to go the Macbeth route:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is hear no more: it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

—William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Posted by: Nathan at January 7, 2005 11:30 PM


I'm tempted to tear Macbeth out of my Collected Works until I'm cured. I love it too much to stay away, but it's a dark place to be.

It's like that girlfriend you know is bad for you but keep coming back. Some of Bill Shakespeare's best individual lines in that dark bit of fiction.

Fire burn! Cauldron bubble!

(Hmm.. I suppose I COULD review that CATscan again and say "out, out damned spot" for motivation)

Posted by: Big Dan at January 7, 2005 11:45 PM

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