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Daemon
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The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
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Sweetness can be as harmful as bitterness or even more, and cannot sustain life alone by itself... Right, sweetie?
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In the darkness of tonight, save the choked sound of tears.. Could I, like the bull among the reed-stems, rustle where I could, then into the hands of a true heir should fall the music of this flute...







Verbatim
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Daemon wrote:
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Ah, the story of the "pound of flesh"--the symbolism of the moneylender beaten at his own game.
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The world would be a silent place
If only those birds sang
Which sang flawlessly!
NeuroticHellFem
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If TFD posted only Shakespeare quotes as their Quote of the Day, I wonder how many years before they ran out? Think
He's so quotable.
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Too exaggerated to be true.
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The quote in context.
From "THE MERCHANT OF VENICE"
Lorenzo and Jessica talking- Act 5, Scene 1

.....
Enter Musicians

LORENZO

Come, ho! and wake Diana with a hymn!
With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear,
And draw her home with music.

Music

JESSICA
I am never merry when I hear sweet music.

LORENZO

The reason is, your spirits are attentive:
For do but note a wild and wanton herd,
Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud,
Which is the hot condition of their blood;
If they but hear perchance a trumpet sound,
Or any air of music touch their ears,
You shall perceive them make a mutual stand,
Their savage eyes turn'd to a modest gaze
By the sweet power of music: therefore the poet
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones and floods;
Since nought so stockish, hard and full of rage,
But music for the time doth change his nature.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted.
Mark the music.

Read the play : http://shakespeare.mit.edu/merchant/merchant.5.1.html
OMF1969
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Boo hoo!
Trivium_Discipulus
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Daemon wrote:
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


William, here is a word of advice... don't trust people who enjoy music, either... until they've developed a substantial history of honor.

Simple minded conclusions like this are dangerous.
ThisIsFlaco
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I agree with Shakespeare. Meanwhile, those obsessed with music might be similarly unreliable.
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Great man in deed
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So very true, thank you William Shakespeare.
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Applause
BasiaB
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What if a person has no musical ear or, even worse, is deaf. Are they nothing?
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Verbatim wrote:
Daemon wrote:
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)


Ah, the story of the "pound of flesh"--the symbolism of the moneylender beaten at his own game.



But you might notice that the Italians in this play are real assholes. It's not quite that simple.
" Pound of flesh " ? What separates a Jew from a Gentile but circumcision ? There's your pound of flesh....
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