Shakespeare on the Road » Thought for the Day celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on a road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals all around North America in one remarkable summer Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:09:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Passing by Niagara en route to Stratford, Ontario Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Niagara


‘The fame of our great dramatist fills the civilized world. Among the poets he is what the cataract of Niagara is among waterfalls.’

William Cullen Bryant, On the unveiling of Shakespeare’s Statue in Central Park May 22 1872

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Another thought for another day in New England… Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:50:51 +0000 Plymouth Rock

‘The Pilgrims came to Plymouth in 1620. The plays of Shakespeare were not published until three years later. Had they been published earlier, our forefathers, or the most poetical among them, might have stayed at home to read them’.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in the Atlantic Monthly (1904)

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Thought for a day in New England… Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:37:12 +0000 emerson.ralph

‘Shakespeare is as much out of the category of eminent authors, as he is out of the crowd. He is inconceivably wise; the others, conceivably. A good reader can, in a sort, nestle into Plato’s brain, and think from thence; but not into Shakespeare’s. We are still out of doors. For executive faculty, for creation, Shakespeare is unique. No man can imagine it better. He was the farthest reach of subtlety compatible with an individual self – the subtlest of authors, and only just within the possibility of authorship.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men (1850)

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Clinton on Shakespeare on the Frontier… Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:25:10 +0000 Thought for Day No. 19

Post no Bills


‘English speakers, immigrants, people of all racial backgrounds heard the rough and tumble performances [of Shakespeare on the frontier], and the simple act of listening together accelerated the work of democracy.’

President Bill Clinton, Foreword to Shakespeare in America, edited by James Shapiro, p.xviii

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America Made Possible Shakespeare Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:05:31 +0000

‘The discovery of America had much to do with the revival of English learning and literature […] Columbus, Cabot, Drake, Raleigh, and – America, made possible Shakespeare. They lifted the horizon of the human mind no less than of the seas, and widened the intellectual view of man to a larger world […] A “new world,” with its revelations, its marvels, its riches, its promises and possibilities, helped to Shakespearize English thought and language.’

Frank M Bristol, Shakespeare and America (1898)

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100 Yards away from the Birthplace of Jazz Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:14:41 +0000 “Somehow I suspect that if Shakespeare were alive today, he might be a jazz fan himself.”

Duke Ellington

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Driving Past Mark Twain National Forest Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:35:49 +0000 “I haven’t any idea that Shakespeare will have to vacate his pedestal this side of the year 2209. Disbelief in him cannot come swiftly […] it is a very slow process. It took several thousand years to convince our fine race – including every splendid intellect in it – that there is no such person as Satan; it has taken several centuries to remove perdition from the Protestant Church’s program of postmortem entertainments; it has taken a weary long time to persuade American Presbyterians to give up infant damnation and try to bear it the best they can; and it looks as if their Scotch brethren will still be burning babies in the everlasting fires when Shakespeare comes down from his perch.’

Mark Twain, Is Shakespeare Dead? From My Autobiography (1909)

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