Therein Lies The Rub

I thought I would start off with a classic and slowly work my way into some favorites of mine (Voltaire and Bukowski) .

So for all you modern moguls here’s a  blast from the past.  Shakespeare, an universal pioneer in modern day quotations, was an Englishman with both a penchant for comedy and tragedy . But you just can’t have those two together in one story – or can you?

And therein lies the rub!

The quote itself is a misquotation from Hamlet’s soliloquy about suicide:

“To die, to sleep

To sleep perchance to dream:

Ay, there’s the rub.

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come”

Therein lies the rub – or to quote exactly – “there’s the rub”   means – that’s where the problem/obstacle is.”

Hamlet  is reflecting on the possibility of suicide as a means to an easy end. That perhaps death – which he likens to a “sleep, perchance to dream” may be preferable to life. He comes to realize that nobody knows what death itself has to hold  as nobody has ever come back from the dead to recount their tales, and so that perhaps that is the catch to suicide – therein lies the rub.

“Rub” originated from the good old English game of bowls – a rub was a fault in the surface of the green which would divert a bowl from its desired and planned direction.

Despite being overshadowed by its older brother ” to be or not to be, ” “therein lies the rub” is still used in modern day conversation. People just don’t know that good old Billy Shakespeare helped to coin it into 21st century English.

So here’s to the underdog, the middle child of Hamlet’s monologue.

We found the rub but we’re not going to erase it .

( Bad joke – but I’m not sorry )

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