“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
No one knows the exact actual date of Shakespeare’s birth. We do, however, know through church records that he was baptized on April 26th, 1564. It was customary back then to baptize babies within three days of their birth. (This was done so they wouldn’t end up in Limbo, which was NOT, btw, a dance — but rather a state of suspension in which one’s soul was not fit for Heaven, yet not bad enough for Hell. It all had to do with that pesky original sin, which could be expunged with baptism.) We also know, through death records, that Shakespeare passed away on April 23rd, 1616 at the ripe old age of 52. (This reportedly following a drinking binge with Ben Johnson and some theater buddies, come down to Stratford for some merry making. Maybe celebrating his birthday!) Imagination and poetic license allow us to say, within reason, that Shakespeare’s birth date and death date both fall on April 23rd.
Therefore, TODAY marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and the 452nd anniversary of his birth. Yay Will!
In honor of my all time favorite writer, I would like to submit a compilation of some of his most profound quotes. I mean, he covered everything — birth, death, love, sex, men, women, music, good, evil, humanity itself. It’s worth looking into – maybe even worth considering as part of our own life philosophies. Let me know what you think!
“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.” – Much Ado About Nothing
Ah, yes, pretty maids. Be not bothered by those jack-a-nape rogues you call boyfriends who refuse commitment and wedding rings, all the while drooling over the latest porn posts. Listen to the immortal Bard. ‘Constant to one thing never.’ What did you expect? Instead best get your career in track, use birth control and invest in a good 401 k.
“Thou know’st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools.” – King Lear
Well, after all now. We know this planet earth is a rather silly place, don’t we? Of course little babies coming in here are gong to be upset. Especially considering a lot of them now are Indigos and Crystal children from the constellation Sirius and such outermost regions. The cradle-grave journey is a short stay, so heed the Bard’s advice and know this is but a state of fools.
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Hamlet
As Abe Lincoln once said, ‘You can’t please all of the people all of the time.’ So you may as well please yourself. They are going to criticize you anyway, so heed this great seed of wisdom from the Shakes and be your own original self at all times.
“Well, if Fortune be a woman, she’s a good wench for this gear.” – The Merchant of Venice
Need we say more? Just don’t mess with any swashbuckling wenches 🙂
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” – Macbeth
And watch out for them wicked witches! They just might make some dire predictions that may or may not come true, depending upon your own ambition.
“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Macbeth
As I mentioned before, it’s a short stay here on planet earth, begging the immortal question,’What’s the point?’
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet
Everyone knows this. Hasten not to make those moral judgments, ye foolish mortals, for one man’s trash is another’s treasure. If you don’t believe me just check out ebay 🙂 It is the thinking that makes it so.
If music be the food of love…