Richard Harris Barham

(1788-1845 / England)

Richard Harris Barham
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  • ''I often sit back and think, "I wish I'd done that," and find out later that I already have.''
    Richard Harris (b. 1932), Irish actor. Quoted in Sun (London, May 19, 1988). On his drinking.
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The Merchant of Venice,: A Legend of Italy

I believe there are few
But have heard of a Jew,
Named Shylock, of Venice, as arrant a 'screw'
In money transactions as ever you knew;
An exorbitant miser, who never yet lent
A ducat at less than three hundred per cent.,
Insomuch that the veriest spendthrift in Venice,
Who'd take no more care of his pounds than his pennies,
When press'd for a loan, at the very first sight
Of his terms, would back out, and take refuge in Flight.
It is not my purpose to pause and inquire
If he might not, in managing thus to retire,
Jump out of the frying-pan into ...

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