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" Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death and danger dare, Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw, When honour's... "
Hamlet. Titus Andronicus - Page 113
by William Shakespeare - 1788
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Who's who in Shakespeare

Peter Quennell, Hamish Johnson - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 228 pages
...delicate and tender prince. Whose spirit with divine ambition puffd Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake, (iv.iv) As Hamlet fully perceives here, Fortinbras has all the qualities necessary for heroic greatness....
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2001 - 148 pages
...tender prince, Whose spirit, with divine ambition puflfed, 50 Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...to be great Is not to stir without great argument, 55 But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honor's at the stake. How stand I then, That have a...
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The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakespearian Tragedy

George Wilson Knight - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 393 pages
...'Which makes die heart deny the yes it hreathes' at Prometheus Unbound, in. iv. 150): Rightly to he great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly...find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake. (iv. iv. 53) Hamlet here sees the futility of Foronbras' enterprise, yet admires his soul-state. He...
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - Drama - 2001 - 361 pages
...to rouse himself to action against his uncle, Claudius, offers this testament in his last soliloquy: Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honor's at the stake. (IV, iv, 53-56) When all other reasons for action fail, this contemplative man...
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Deadly Thought: Hamlet and the Human Soul

Jan H. Blits - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 405 pages
...and tender prince, Whose spirit, with divine ambition puff 'd, Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death, and danger dare, Even for an eggshell. (4.4.46-53) Hamlet has just spoken of reason's ability to look ahead and connect cause and effect,...
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The Sovereign Flower: On Shakespeare as the Poet of Royalism, Together with ...

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 324 pages
...delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puff'd Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...When honour's at the stake. How stand I then, That hath a father kill'd, a mother stain'd, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep, while,...
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The Imperial Theme

G. Wilson Knight - Literary Collections - 2002 - 392 pages
...delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puff'd Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honour 's at the stake. How stand I then, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep?...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2002 - 178 pages
...and container. Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, 55 But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honour's...mother stain'd, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep, while to my shame I see 60 The imminent death of twenty thousand men That, for a...
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Amleto

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1995 - 320 pages
...and tender prince, Whose spirit, with divine ambition puifcd, Makes mouths at the invisible event, 5o Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune,...Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great Is not to srir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake. How...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

Claire McEachern - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 274 pages
...situation mirrored in that of Fortinbras of Norway, had to consider whether to move against Claudius: Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument,...find quarrel in a straw When honour's at the stake. (4. 4. 52-5) His quizzical juxtaposition of a 'great argument' and a 'straw' exposes the sometime contradiction...
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