Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I'm constantly haunted by Hamlet quotes. Here's today's:

That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat,

Of habits devil, is angel yet in this,
That to the use of actions fair and good
He likewise gives a frock or livery,
That aptly is put on. Refrain to-night,
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence: the next more easy;
For use almost can change the stamp of nature,
And either [ ] the devil, or throw him out
With wondrous potency.

(No one knows what word belongs in the brackets. Any guesses?)


  1. "Fuck"? haha I'd guess maybe "welcome."

    Hamlet is my favourite. Used to have the whole "to be or not to be" speech memorised. I think I remember most of it.

    I really want to get a Shakespeare quote tattooed on me somewhere, but I'm having a hard time figuring out which. I think it should be from Hamlet as its my favourite...but I don't want something too obvious. ("To thine own self be true" for example...even though it IS awesome.)

  2. Tame, evade, master, rout, dance with, whip, shackle, contain, stun, numb. Those all work yet have subtle differences. Do you have a a term you trend towards using, Stevie?

  3. maybe i should check for comments more often, lol!
    @jen one tattoo i considered was "words words words" (hamlet's response when polonius asks what he's reading)
    @matt I think "beat" because of the movie "beat the devil." it also fits in terms of sense and meter. you came up with some cool viable ones, tho