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Any Shakespeare experts around?

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wtffgs Sun 23-Nov-14 09:29:42

My brother has just been awarded a PhD shock

His thesis was about Shakespeare. I am making cake and want a fitting quote about education or persevering and then succeeding (he did it alongside a very FT job).

TIA thanks

murderedinkent Sun 23-Nov-14 11:01:52

Shakespeare tends to mock ambition, sadly. In Henry Vl - 'Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven' was about the nearest I could think of.

senua Sun 23-Nov-14 19:54:54

Well The Taming of the Shrew Act 1 Scene 2 has
"O this learning! what a thing it is!"

Unfortunately the rejoinder is
"O this woodcock! what an ass it is!"


MaelstromOfLunacy Sun 23-Nov-14 20:13:08

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness...

The golden age is before us...

Any good? Best I could find!

wtffgs Sun 23-Nov-14 22:35:29

Thanks - my Shakespeare knowledge is lacking. I think one of those is Malvolio and a couple of others are a bit dodgy too. I might abandon that plan and put a mortar board and scroll on top instead! grin

VanGogh Sun 23-Nov-14 23:14:26

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." (As you like it)

MarianneSolong Mon 24-Nov-14 10:33:29

To PhD or not to PhD...

murderedinkent Mon 24-Nov-14 11:41:17


lougle Mon 24-Nov-14 12:00:56

"We know what we are, but not what we may be." Hamlet

Abra1d Mon 01-Dec-14 09:11:38

'What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty'

cdtaylornats Sun 21-Dec-14 23:03:28

“Educated men are so impressive!”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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