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As You Like It

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As You Like It Philosophical Viewpoints Quotes

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Quote #1

ORLANDO[…] But let your fair eyes and gentle wishes gowith me to my trial; wherein if I be foil'd there is but onesham'd that was never gracious; if kill'd, but one dead that iswilling to be so. I shall do my friends no wrong, for I have noneto lament me; the world no injury, for in it I have nothing; onlyin the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied whenI have made it empty. (1.2.2)

Orlando's anger has changed to gentle despair. By the philosophical wonderings of the worth of his own life, he has come to the conclusion that his life is worth nothing.

Quote #2

CELIANow go we in contentTo liberty, and not to banishment. (1.3.21)

Celia's life philosophy leans towards the glass-half-full side.  Sometimes all you need is a little perspective, which has the power to change the entire feel of what could otherwise be a bad situation. 

Quote #3

FIRST LORDO, yes, into a thousand similes.First, for his weeping into the needless stream:'Poor deer,' quoth he 'thou mak'st a testamentAs worldlings do, giving thy sum of moreTo that which had too much.' Then, being there alone,Left and abandoned of his velvet friends:''Tis right'; quoth he 'thus misery doth partThe flux of company.' Anon, a careless herd,Full of the pasture, jumps along by himAnd never stays to greet him. 'Ay,' quoth Jaques'Sweep on, you fat and greasy citizens;'Tis just the fashion. Wherefore do you lookUpon that poor and broken bankrupt there?'Thus most invectively he pierceth throughThe body of the country, city, court,Yea, and of this our life; swearing that weAre mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worse,To fright the animals, and to kill them upIn their assign'd and native dwelling-place. (2.1.2)

Drama undercuts even the most reputable philosophical inquiries.  The serious pursuit of philosophy requires that it be more a thinking and rational pursuit than one inspired by (or tainted by) feelings.

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