In 2016, April 23 is talk like Shakespeare day. I have used the Shakespeare translator at to make this blog post sound more Shakespearian. It’s fun. Try it! Or as Shakespeare might put it: Tis excit’ment. Tryeth ‘t for thyself.

I’m a most wondrous fan of Shakespeare, particularly Hamlet. At which hour I wast in high school and for a few years afterward, I worked at a job which didst not require much mental exercise on mine part, so I opened mine well-used version of Hamlet and memorized great swathes of it. There wast a time at which hour I could recite about half an hour without stopping. Now I am lucky if I maketh it through the “To be or not to be” speech without forgetting part.

I urge thee if’t be true thou hast nev’r seen a live Shakespeare play, to seek one out, as listening to actors performing the parts is much more understandable then when thou just readeth the play.

So, for thy perusal, a few, a very few, quotations from the Bard of Avon.


Sonnet 18
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.

To be or not to be – that is the question. (Hamlet)

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (Hamlet)

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)

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. (As You Like It)

So wise so young, they say, do never live long. (King Richard III)

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo and Juliet)

But love is blind, and lovers cannot see. (Merchant of Venice)

Why, then the world ‘s mine oyster. (Merry Wives of Windsor)

The better part of valour is discretion. (King Henry IV, Part 1)

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. (King Henry IV, Part 2)

The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on. (King Henry IV, Part 3)

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. (Julius Caesar)

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. (Macbeth)

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)

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child! (King Lear)

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)

We are such stuff as dreams are made on… (The Tempest)

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