MEN OF FEW WORDS ARE THE BEST MEN; SHAKESPEARE AND TIRUKKURAL- 4 (Post.4435)

MEN OF FEW WORDS ARE THE BEST MEN; SHAKESPEARE AND TIRUKKURAL- 4 (Post.4435)


Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 26 NOVEMBER 2017

Time uploaded in London- 15–08

 

 

Post No. 4435

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks.

 

 

Please read the three parts posted in the last few days and continue here with the fourth part.

Speech

Shakespeare says,

Men of few words are the best men.

–Henry V (3.2.41)”

Tiruvalluvar in Tirukkural says,

one who speaks useless words is despised by all (Kural 191)|

If you speak at all speak profitably. Speak not empty words which produce no good (Kural 200)

The wise would refrain from empty words though they might speak unpleasantly (kural 197)

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World is a Theatre

 

Shakespeare says,

“ All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,

………………..

Tiruvalluvar in Tirukkural says,

 

Fortune coming to one and its departure are likened to assembling of a crowd to witness a drama and its dispersal respectively—Kural 332

The same simile is in Dhammapada 147 and Bhagavd Gita (18-61)

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Compassion

Shakespeare says,

 

“TIMON
Commend me to them,
And tell them that, to ease them of their griefs,
Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses,
Their pangs of love, with other incident throes
That nature’s fragile vessel doth sustain
In life’s uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do them:
I’ll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades’ wrath.

–Timon of Athens

Tiruvalluvar in Tirukkural says,

The world exists and functions, because of the gracious compassion of the king,

Where this quality is absent, he becomes a burden to good earth (Kural 572)

 

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Forgive and Forget

Shakespeare says,

 

Pray you now, forget and forgive:

(King Lear. Act 4. Scene 7. Lear speaking.)

 
I have forgiven and forgotten all;

(All’s Well That Ends Well. Act 5. Scene 3. King speaking.)

 

 

Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

(Romeo and Juliet. Act 3. Scene 1. Escalus speaking.)

 

Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard hearts?

(King Lear. Act 3. Scene 6. Lear speaking.)

Tiruvalluvar in Tirukkural says,

The best way to punish those who harm you is to make them feel abashed by doing them good and thinking no more of it. (Kural 314)

 

Of what avail is perfection if it does not do good even to them that have done evil? (Kural 987)

Forget not a good turn done to you; but it is proper that you should forget forthwith the wrong done to you (Kural 108)

 

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  1. nparamasivam1951

     /  November 27, 2017

    Thirukural is like ocean. It is nice that few are taken here & compared to Shakespeare

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