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" Of thinking too precisely on the event, A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward, I do not know Why yet I live to say, This thing's to do ; Sith I have cause and will and strength and means To do't. "
THE DRAMATIC WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; ILLISTRATED: EMBRACING A LIFE OF ... - Page 349
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Some Shakespearean Themes: And An Approach to 'Hamlet'

Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1966 - 259 pages
...oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event, — A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward,...cause, and will, and strength, and means To do't. Hamlet is here of course referring to the specific action of revenge, and commentators have been quick...
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1973 Housing and Urban Development Legislation: Hearings, Ninety-third ...

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs - City planning and redevelopment law - 1973 - 2839 pages
...by the most famous of all tragic characters, Hamlet : "Whether It be bestial oblivion Or some craven scruple of thinking too precisely on the event —...Sith I have cause and will and strength and means to do It" (IV, Iv) It is in the hope of rectifying some of these great inequities, and perhaps avoiding...
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Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare

Geoffrey Bullough - Literary Criticism - 1973 - 553 pages
...oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event, A thought, which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward,...have cause and will and strength and means to do't. (IV.4.32-66) The only instances we have had of 'thinking too precisely on the event' were when he doubted...
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Hamlet and Other Shakespearean Essays

L. C. Knights, Lionel Charles Knights - Literary Criticism - 1979 - 308 pages
...oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event, — A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward,...cause, and will, and strength, and means To do't. Hamlet is here of course referring to the specific action of revenge, and commentators have been quick...
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Tragedy and After: Euripides, Shakespeare, Goethe

Ekbert Faas - Drama - 1986 - 223 pages
...captain: Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th'event A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom...Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means Todo't. (IV.iv) I couldn't even take my revenge on anybody for anything, because I should probably...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1992 - 138 pages
...whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple 40 4,4 Of thinking too precisely on th'event (A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom,...delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine amb1tion puffed Makes mouths at the invisible event, 50 Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that...
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Hamlet and Narcissus

John Russell - Drama - 1995 - 246 pages
...explanation: Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th' event — A thought which, quartered, hath but one...cause, and will, and strength, and means To do't. (IV.iv. 39-46) Since Gonzago, however, he has had one splendid opportunity to do the thing, while Claudius...
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Hamlet

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1996 - 101 pages
...unused. Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple 40 Of thinking too precisely on th' event — A thought which, quartered, hath but one...Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means, 45 To do't. Examples gross as earth exhort me: Witness this army of such mass and charge, Led by a...
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Shakespeare and the Literary Tradition

Stephen Orgel, Sean Keilen - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 344 pages
...unused. Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th' event — A thought which, quartered, hath but one...I have cause, and will, and strength, and means To do 't. [4.4.32-46] What has reason to do with revenge? His question — why, with all his compelling...
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Bound to Act: Models of Action, Dramas of Inaction

Valeria Wagner - Philosophy - 1999 - 275 pages
...Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th'event — A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom...cause, and will, and strength, and means, To do't. (IV. iv. 32-46) While arguing that discourse and reason are to be put to use — a notion we will consider...
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