Timon of Athens is a tragic play following the exploits of the title character, Timon, as he slides from wealth and status into bitter, cynical misanthropy. Timon's fall begins when he is exposed to cynical philosophies at a lavish banquet he himself is hosting. Timon's inability to accept counsel leads him to ignore his scribe's warnings of bankruptcy and give lavishly to many artists and writers. This leads Timon to poverty and despair, and eventually to a total rejection of the world of civilization.
The Life of Timon of Athens (date uncertain, published 1623) is a play by William Shakespeare about the legendary Athenian misanthrope Timon (and probably influenced by the eponymous philosopher as well). It is generally regarded as one of his most obscure and difficult works. Originally grouped with the tragedies, it is generally considered such, but some scholars group it with the problem comedies.
Which aptly sings the good.
But flies an eagle flight, bold, and forth on,
Leaving no track behind.
Grant I may never prove so fond,
To trust man on his oath or bond.
The gods confound— hear me, you good gods all —
The Athenians both within and out that wall!
And grant, as Timon grows, his hate may grow
To the whole race of mankind, high and low!
Robs the vast sea; the moon's an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun;
The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
The moon into salt tears; the earth's a thief,
That feeds and breeds by a composture stol'n
From general excrement: each thing's a thief:
The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
Have uncheck'd theft.
In life's uncertain voyage.