Quote page for DADT book

"What is a man,

If his chief good and market of his time

Be but to sleep and feed a beast no more.

Sure, he that made us with such large discourse.

Looking before and after, gave us not

That capability and god-like reason

To fust in us unused."

"Rightly to be great

Is not to stir without great argument,

But greatly to find quarter in a straw

When honor's at the stake."

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene IV, final monologue

In Kenneth Branagh's film Hamlet (1996, Columbia/Sony), Hamlet gives this speech in a wintry landscape with armies approaching from a background, while Patrick Doyle's music triumphantly and defiantly crashes down. The audience cheers, and I never heard a single speech be so exciting in film. Is this passage the inspiration for our modern honor concept?