Taken from the Complete Works of William Shakespeare

As You Like It


SCENE IV. The forest.


Jaq. There is, sure, another flood toward, and these

couples are coming to the ark. Here comes a pair of

very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.

Touch. Salutation and greeting to you all!

Jaq. Good my lord, bid him welcome: this is the

motley-minded gentleman that I have so often met in

the forest: he hath been a courtier, he swears.

Touch. If any man doubt that, let him put me to my

purgation. I have trod a measure; I have flattered

a lady; I have been politic with my friend, smooth

with mine enemy; I have undone three tailors; I have

had four quarrels, and like to have fought one.

Jaq. And how was that ta’en up?

Touch. Faith, we met, and found the quarrel was upon the

seventh cause.

Jaq. How seventh cause? Good my lord, like this fellow.

Duke Sen. I like him very well.

Touch. God ‘ild you, sir; I desire you of the like. I

press in here, sir, amongst the rest of the country

copulatives, to swear and to forswear: according as

marriage binds and blood breaks: a poor virgin,

sir, an ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own; a poor

humour of mine, sir, to take that that no man else

will: rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a

poor house; as your pearl in your foul oyster.

Duke Sen. By my faith, he is very swift and sententious.

Touch. According to the fool’s bolt, sir, and such dulcet


Jaq. But, for the seventh cause; how did you find the

quarrel on the seventh cause?

Touch. Upon a lie seven times removed:–bear your body

more seeming, Audrey:–as thus, sir. I did dislike the

cut of a certain courtier’s beard: he sent me word,

if I said his beard was not cut well, he was in the

mind it was: this is called the Retort Courteous.

If I sent him word again ‘it was not well cut,’ he

would send me word, he cut it to please himself:

this is called the Quip Modest. If again ‘it was

not well cut,’ he disabled my judgment: this is

called the Reply Churlish. If again ‘it was not

well cut,’ he would answer, I spake not true: this

is called the Reproof Valiant. If again ‘it was not

well cut,’ he would say I lied: this is called the

Counter-cheque Quarrelsome: and so to the Lie

Circumstantial and the Lie Direct.


And how oft did you say his beard was not well cut?

Touch. I durst go no further than the Lie Circumstantial,

nor he durst not give me the Lie Direct; and so we

measured swords and parted.

Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the degrees of the lie?

Touch. O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book; as you have

books for good manners: I will name you the degrees.

The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the

Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the

fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the

Countercheque Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with

Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct. All

these you may avoid but the Lie Direct; and you may

avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven

justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the

parties were met themselves, one of them thought but

of an If, as, ‘If you said so, then I said so;’ and

they shook hands and swore brothers. Your If is the

only peacemaker; much virtue in If.

Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord? he’s as good at

any thing and yet a fool.

Duke Sen. He uses his folly like a stalking-horse and

under the presentation of that he shoots his wit.

(On 4/02/15 – Join me in the continuation of Shakespeare’s 

“As You Like It”

Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions

Here is a dose of daily religion from A to Z.

Today’s religious topic is as follows:

“Hassan Al-Banna'”, (b. 1906, Mahmudiya, Egypt—d. February 1949, Cairo), Egyptian political and religious leader who established a new religious society, the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, and played a central role in Egyptian political and social affairs.

After attending the teaching school at Damanhur, Hasan al-Banna’ enrolled a the Dar al-‘Ulum, a teacher-training school in Cairo, which also maintained a traditional religious and social outlook. He completed his training and in 1927 was assigned to teach Arabic in a primary school in the city of Ismailia (Al-Isma’iliya), near the Suez Canal, which was a focal point for the foreign economic and military occupation of Egypt. In March 1928, with six workers from a British camp labor force, he created the Society of Muslim Brothers (Arabic: al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun), which aimed at a rejuvenation of ISLAM, the moral reform of Egyptian society, ad the expulsion of the British from Egypt. By the advent of World War II the Muslim Brotherhood had become a potent element on the Egyptian scene, attracting significant numbers of students, civil servants, and urban laborers.

Many of the members came to view the Egyptian government as having betrayed the interests of Egyptian nationalism. Hasan al-Banna’ tried to maintain a tactical alliance with the government, but in the turmoil of the postwar years many elements of the society passed beyond his authority, and members were implicated in a number of assassinations, notably that of Prime Minister an-Nuqrashi in December 1948. With the connivance of the government, Hasan al-Banna’ himself was assassinated in the following year.

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Hasan al-Banna
حسن البنا

(Comeback on 4/02/15 and continue to learn about religion. Tomorrow you’ll read and learn more about “Baptism”.

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Dotage (n.)

Dotage means doting, infatuation, excessive affection. Dotage is cited 4 different William Shakespeare plays. I’ve chosen to cite from Othello (Oth.IV.i.27) Iago says to Othello about knaves: “who having by their own importunate suit/or voluntary dotage of some mistress/convinced or supplied them.” Dotage also means feebleness of mind, senility. Dotage is also cited in 2 additional Shakespeare plays in this context. I’ve chosen to cite from Timon of Athens (Tim.III.v.99) Alcibiades says to senators: “Banish me? Banish your dotage.”

As soon as Othello and Iago enter, Desdemona tells them that she’s been speaking with Cassio and asks Othello to reconcile with him.

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