"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't." -Shakespeare (Hamlet)
|William Shakespeare 1564-1616|
William Shakespeare, perhaps the most celebrated English poet and playwright in the world? * Nods to self * The 'Bard of Avon', wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and many poems, and although our dear Bard was born a few light centuries ago, his mark on todays language is indelible. Not a day passes by where his quotes are bandied about in everyday conversation. Here are few of my favourite gems.
"This above all: to thine own self be true."
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks.''
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."
King Richard III
"A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
"Off with his head!"
Romeo and Juliet
"It is the east, and Juliet is the sun"
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?"
The Merchant of Venice
"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see."
"There's daggers in men's smiles,"
"I bear a charmed life."
"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"
"T'is neither here nor there."
Anthony and Cleopatra
"My salad days, when I was green in judgment."
Do you have a favourite quote by the Bard?
A/N: Hello! Happy Easter, if you celebrate it and Happy Holidays if you don't. London, I suspect will be largely abandoned, which is good, really... I like the streets to myself. However, today the plan is a drive in the country to some great pile of stones. I'm packing a book and my netbook for the ride. Have a fabulous Easter Break!
Photo courtesty The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust via Doobybrain