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" What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unus'd. "
Othello, the Moor of Venice: A Tragedy - Page 108
by William Shakespeare - 1770 - 133 pages
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Monstrous Martyrdoms: Three Plays

Eric Bentley - Drama - 2007 - 250 pages
...WILLIAM: Yes, sir. HAMLET (reciting with slow intensity): How all occasions do inform against me And spur my dull revenge! What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep . . . (After the word revenge, the lights dim rapidly.) SCENE 2 The lights go up again at once....
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Looking for Hamlet

Marvin W. Hunt - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 256 pages
...crown, his ambitions, and his queen."How all occasions do inform against me," Hamlet exclaims, And spur my dull revenge. What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast — no more Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before...
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Thought-Provoking Quotations

...to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more! - Shakespeare, (Hamlet) Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,...
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Unholy Writ: An Infidel's Critique of the Bible

T. Joyner Drolsum - Religion - 2007 - 392 pages
...let him become a fool. ..." On the other hand, in his play Hamlet, Shakespeare makes a salient point: "....What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more, Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and...
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'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

Margreta de Grazia - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 267 pages
...drowsy, the king in his last days seems to embody the very life his son reproaches himself for leading, "What is a man / If his chief good and market of his time / Be but to sleep and feed?" (4.4.33—5). It is also the life-style of his brother; he is the "bloat King" (3.4.184)...
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Coleridge and Shelley: Textual Engagement

Sally West - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 197 pages
...after/ And pine for what is not'. As Donald Reiman observes, in these lines Shelley echoes Hamlet:^ What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more. Sure He that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and...
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Hamlet

Timothy J. Duggan - Drama - 2008 - 229 pages
...revenge" (34—35). This statement is self-focused, but his next statement is a generalization on man: "What is a man / If his chief good and market of his time / Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more" (35-37). Later on, he references the army going to fight for the...
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