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XyZspineZyX
11-04-2003, 01:13 AM
This was written by the English journalist Bernard Levin:

"If you cannot understand my argument, and declare 'It's Greek to me',
you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than
sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you
are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your
wish is father to the thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin
air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an
inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and
loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked, or
in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity,
insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced
attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had
short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen
better days or lived in a fool's paradise -- why, be that as it may, the
more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would
have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out
bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and
short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out
even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom
because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one
fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then -- to give the devil his due --
if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are
quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me
packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an
eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain,
bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then -- by Jove! O Lord! Tut, tut! for goodness' sake!
what the dickens! but me no buts -- it is all one to me, for you are quoting
Shakespeare."

XyZspineZyX
11-04-2003, 01:13 AM
This was written by the English journalist Bernard Levin:

"If you cannot understand my argument, and declare 'It's Greek to me',
you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than
sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you
are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if your
wish is father to the thought, if your lost property has vanished into thin
air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an
inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and
loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked, or
in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity,
insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced
attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had
short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen
better days or lived in a fool's paradise -- why, be that as it may, the
more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would
have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out
bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and
short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out
even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom
because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one
fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then -- to give the devil his due --
if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are
quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me
packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an
eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain,
bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then -- by Jove! O Lord! Tut, tut! for goodness' sake!
what the dickens! but me no buts -- it is all one to me, for you are quoting
Shakespeare."