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" O, reason not the need: our basest. beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous: Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's... "
Synonymisches Handwörterbuch der englischen Sprache für die Deutschen - Page 427
by H. M. Melford - 1841 - 448 pages
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Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688

Donna B. Hamilton, Richard Strier - 1996 - 280 pages
...distinction seems implicit in Lear's "O reason not the need! Our basest beggars / Are in the poorest things superfluous. / Allow not nature more than nature needs, / Man's life is cheap as beast's" (2.4.265-8). The contrast between superfluities and necessities comes from canon law, which distinguishes...
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Hannah Arendt And The Jewish Question

Richard J. Bernstein - 1996 - 251 pages
...Shakespeare for his understanding of superfluousness. Recall Lear's response to Goneril and Regan: "O reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous." King Lear, II. iv. 263-1 9 To be "thoughtless," as Mary McCarthy (who frequently corrected Arendt's...
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Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture

Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan, Peter Stallybrass - 1996 - 398 pages
...Lear argues in defending his right to keep his retainers, need - subsistence - is not the point: O, reason not the need! our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous. (II.iv.264-5) All persons, from highest to lowest, must possess something beyond need - a superfluous...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - 1998 - 669 pages
...unnecessary letter! 10319 KingLear Down, thou climbing sorrow! Thy element's below. 10320 King Lear onne, for not keeping of accent, deserved hanging...at Althrope This is Mab. the Mistress-Fairy That do 10321 KingLear Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout...
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Société de Consommation: Ses Mythes, Ses Structures

Jean Baudrillard - 1998 - 208 pages
...in terms of value over accumulation and appropriation (even if it does not precede them in time). 'O reason not the need! Our basest beggars/ Are in the...than nature needs,/ Man's life is cheap as beast's/ writes Shakespeare in King Lear [Act II, Scene iv]. In other words, one of the fundamental problems...
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The Uses of Literacy

Richard Hoggart - 1957 - 320 pages
...had been guilty of an insensitive affront to human dignity . . . 'Oh, reason not the need ;.../... Allow not nature more than nature needs,/ Man's life is cheap as beast's.' We may understand why working-class people often seem not 'oncoming' to social workers, seem evasive...
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Shakespeare Studies, Volume 26

Leeds Barroll - 1998 - 432 pages
...(Lear only briefly) the shapes they were. More critically at stake is the meaning of Lear's outcry, "O, reason not the need! our basest beggars / Are in the poorest thing superfluous" (2.4.26465). 2 The cry offers a distinction between human subsistence and the overplus that makes someone...
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Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money

Frederick Turner - 1999 - 232 pages
...private ownership was essential to human existence. It is more than just a matter of human dignity ("Allow not nature more than nature needs, / Man's life is cheap as beast's" [King Lear, II.iv.263]); it is a matter of human existence. We are human in that we can exchange and...
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Rights, Equality, and Liberty: Universidad Torcuato Di Tella Law and ...

Universidad Torcuato di Tella - 2000 - 165 pages
...implicit commitment to action. But then the comparative ease of getting the needs19 Cf. "Lear. 'O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars / Are in the...than nature needs. / man's life is cheap as beast's." William Shakespeare. King Lear, II. 4. 20 CLS discussions of these matters show little awareness of...
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The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear

William Shakespeare - 2001 - 336 pages
...To follow in a house where twice so many 420 Have a command to tend you? REGAN What needs one? LEAR 0, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in...superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man ' s life is cheap as beast 's . Thou art a lady . 425 If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature...
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