Thoughtful Thursday!

shakespeare-bday1In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday this week, I’d like to share a few of my favorite lines from The Immortal Bard.

  • “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date”. –Sonnet 18
  • “This above all: to thine own self be true”. – (Hamlet, Act I, Scene III).
  • “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. – (Hamlet, Act II, Scene II).
  • “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”. – (Hamlet, Act III, Scene II).
  • “All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII).
  • “Off with his head!” – (King Richard, Act III, Scene IV).
  • “He will give the devil his due”. – (King Henry IV, Act I, Scene II).
  • “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”. – (King Henry the Sixth, Act IV, Scene II).
  • “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – (Macbeth, Act V, Scene V).
  • “Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest”. – (King Lear, Act I, Scene IV).
  • “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”. – (Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene V).
  • “The common curse of mankind: folly and ignorance”. – (Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Scene III).
  • “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – Julius Ceaser
  • “Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.” – Romeo and Juliet
  • “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!” – Unknown
  • “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry”. – Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).

Read more here, and here, and here. But really anywhere, as Shakespeare’s influence can be found all throughout the English language.

Did I miss any good ones? Let me know in the comments below!


One thought on “Thoughtful Thursday!

  1. Frizzy hair, earring. Doesn’t dude look a little- Moorish, to you? They ain’t ready for that. Thanks for this. I’ve been loving Shakespeare ever since I was forced to do a part in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Well, ever since after that.

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