|Man Without Qualities|
Sunday, October 06, 2002
The New York Times:
[Matt] Drudge escalated his attacks last week after [Barbra] Streisand gave a speech in which she claimed to be quoting Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:
Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind
The problem, as Mr. Drudge gleefully pointed out, is that Shakespeare didn't write it. Snopes.com, a site that debunks so-called urban legends, has identified the quotation as an Internet hoax, which entered circulation in late 2001.
Capsule Biography of Shakespeare:
Shakespeare ... continued to write until his death in 1616 on the day of his 52nd birthday.
One entry found for patriotism.
Main Entry: pa·tri·ot·ism
Pronunciation: 'pA-trE-&-"ti-z&m, chiefly British 'pa-
Date: circa 1726
: love for or devotion to one's country
UPDATE: Stuart Buck notes his sense that the phrase "the mind has closed" has an rather modern sound to it.
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