“The Mystery of Things” – King Lear Quotes

Quotes are snippets of wisdom, wit, humor, observation, and emotion that form the starting point for our own philosophical pursuits. Here, I copied quotes from Shakespeare's King Lear, that stood out to me. I organize this by topic.


The Young for the Old

"When I was young the mere smell of a woman would arouse me; now it is evidently only the sweetest, the youngest, the newest who have that power. One of these days it will be little boys."   -page 46 J.M. Coetzee's 1980 novel, Waiting for the Barbarians, is written in the first person point of…

Royal Patrons: “Make Me Look Good”

Having been a fan of Shakespeare in high school, I was well aware that Shakespeare's plays were influenced by his royal patrons. In my senior year of high school I wrote a research paper on how Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Macbeth to glorify King James and defend him being the new king of England as…