Shakespeare on money

Shakespeare on money

Bard obsessed over gold

There is no reason. It just seemed a rather lovely thing to do. And if it shows one thing, it is that morality and money have been entwined for as long as people have written in English.

Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor house as your pearl in a foul oyster
As You Like It
Somehow, I’m not seeing Shakespeare as a natural economic liberal

For bounty, that makes gods, does still mar men.
My dearest lord, bless'd, to be most accursed
Rich, only to be wretched, thy great fortunes;
Are made thy chief afflictions. Alas Kind Lord!
Timon Of Athens
Much the same is said in Panama

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
Couldn’t tempt you with Bank of Denmark's very welcoming new mortgage rates then?

Take heed, be wary how you place your words
Talk like the vulgar sort of market men
That come to gather money for their corn.
King Henry VI, Part One
A coruscating attack on open-cry trading

There is some ill a-brewing towards my rest
For I did dream of money-bags to-night.
The Merchant Of Venice
Obvious choice

I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.
King Henry IV Part Two
A nasty business involving Falstaff and groats

How quickly nature falls into revolt
When gold becomes her object!
For this the foolish over-careful fathers
Have broke their sleep with thoughts, their brains with care,
Their bones with industry
Henry IV Part 2
Roughly translated: gold has, in recent years, lost its lustre as a safe haven in troubled economic times

Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets,
But gold that's put to use more gold begets.
Venus And Adonis
But in the long run, holding a little of yellow metal has its benefits

For I can raise no money by vile means. By heaven, I had rather coin my heart, And drop my blood for drachmas
Julius Caesar
The adoption of the euro has spelt disaster for the Greek economy

He that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends.
As You Like It
A nasty smear on the content marketing industry

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