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William Shakespeare: To thine own self be true

William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man. –William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616).

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William Shakespeare: Answers

The Merchant of Venice (2004 film)

The Merchant of Venice (2004 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ‘Chandos portrait’ after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I am not bound to please thee with my answers.”

~Shylock in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Act IV, Scene I, Line 65)

Portia and Shylock

Portia and Shylock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)