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" If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes' palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty... "
THE DRAMATIC WORKS FO WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE - Page 177
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The Meaning of Shakespeare, Volume 1, Volume 1

Harold C. Goddard - 2009 - 408 pages
...retorts. Whereupon Portia, as if gifted with insight into her own future, takes up Nerissa's theme: If to do were as easy as to know what were good to...be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. If that is not a specific preparation for the speech on mercy and what follows it, what in the name...
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Meaning in Comedy: Studies in Elizabethan Romantic Comedy

John Weld - 1975 - 255 pages
...But, though she acknowledges that Nerissa speaks reason, she confesses her inability to follow it: "If to do were as easy as to know what were good to...easier teach twenty what were good to be done than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a...
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Shakespeares Komödien aus der Sicht der pragmatischen Kommunikationstheorie

Beatrix Hesse - 1998 - 200 pages
...guten Absichten und deren Ausführung referiert Portia bereits bei ihrem ersten Auftreten in I.ii: "If to do were as easy as to know what were good to...easier teach twenty what were good to be done than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. "(I.ii 12-17) Angesichts der Diskrepanz zwischen...
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The Routledge Dictionary of Religious & Spiritual Quotations

Geoffrey Parrinder - 2000 - 218 pages
...yourself good while life and power are still yours. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4, 17 (2nd century) 11 If to do were as easy as to know what were good to...is a good divine that follows his own instructions. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1, ii, 11-13 (c. 1596-8) 12 There is no man so good, who,...
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Smile Awhile

Albert Joseph Mary Shamon - 2003 - 111 pages
...hardest hit It's when things seem worst that You Mustn't Quit. From Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice": If to do were as easy as to know what were good to...one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching. The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. In religion, what damned error, but some sober brow will...
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German Shakespeare Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century

Christa Jansohn - 2006 - 318 pages
...what she is doing, had these candid words in her brief self-characterization in her very first scene: "it is a good divine that follows his own instructions,...be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching" (1.2.14-17). Is she not now, in her imposturous appearance in the courtroom, with her soul-subduing...
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Counternarratives: Studies of Teacher Education and Becoming and Being a Teacher

Robert V. Bullough Jr. - 264 pages
...others, simply lack the energy, commitment, or moral imagination to do what they know should be done: "It is a good divine that follows his own instructions:...be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching" (Merchant of Venice, Act I, Scene II). Yet conditions are changing and something greater is now at...
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