“Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
That he is mad, ‘tis true: ’tis true ’tis pity,
And pity it is true: a foolish figure,
But farewell it, for I will use no art.
Mad let us grant him, then, and now remains
That we find out the cause of this effect,
Or rather say, the cause of this defect,
For this effect defective comes by cause.
Thus it remains, and the remainder thus.”
— William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
“William Shakespeare (1564-1616), poet, dramatist, magister ludi of the English language.” — Lapham, Lewis H., editor. Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume 1.1.
Unknown. Shakespeare. 1610. Oil on canvas.