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On Shakespeare and those hideous dreams


“Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion, all the interim is like a phantasma or a hideous dream.”

–William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”

(Flickr: aldenchadwick)

(Flickr: aldenchadwick)


Who among us has not lived through a tortured moment like the one so eloquently conveyed here to us by the old Bard himself?

Going to the dentist, the first day of a new job, saying a final farewell to a loved one — often the anticipation of some difficult task is more nightmarish that the actual task itself.

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Beautiful turns of phrases like these, some dating back centuries, provide a heartening look into the human condition — proving that our hopes and dreams, fears and tears have all been shared those who came before us.

And let’s not forget William Shakespeare, whose vast portfolio of plays and poetry have left an indelible mark on the literary landscape.

The truths found within his words should, without question, have a place in every writer’s heart and at the tip of every writer’s tongue.

What is your favorite Shakespeare quote? And what “dreadful thing” awaits you at this time, sending a spark of panic shivering through your spine and dreaming hideous dreams?

Share below!

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at


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