Hamlet - "To be, or not to be; that is the question." Yep. it's been the question for the ages and who among us, frogs included, haven't wondered at some point, about the meaning of life and death.
All's Well That Ends Well - "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." This is still great advice and wisdom that might have come from my teacher, Dharma Frog!
Romeo and Juliet - "Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow." A reminder that separation from our loved ones is painful but is eased with the anticipation of a sweet reunion.
Twelfth Night - "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." This famous line is often misquoted but it serves as a reminder that each of us is great in our own unique way. Greatness isn't something to be afraid of or to shrink from, but something to celebrate...however it happens.
The Merchant of Venice - "If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" This line is so very relevant today. It is interpreted as a humanistic plea against anti-Semitism, though the play is also understood by some as steeped in the tacit anti-Semitism of its time.
Again from Hamlet - "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Much exceeds his (our) limited understanding of the world and beyond. it's impossible for us to understand all of the secrets of the universe.
Macbeth - "If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me." I take this to mean that only if you can see into my future, then please tell me what I should do.
Twelfth Night again - "Love sought is good, but given unsought is better." This speaks of the joy of unexpected love, rather than that which is pined for.
Antony and Cleopatra - "If I lose mine honor, I lose myself." We do stupid things that can tarnish our honor and reputation when we slavishly follow love.
A Midsummer's Night Dream - "It's not enough to speak, but to speak true." This quote of quotes speaks of the importance of truth and against empty chatter.
Wisdom is wisdom, I always say, no matter where it comes from or who speaks it. And Shakespeare was definitely one very wise man! Did you see your favorite Shakespeare line/play mentioned here? I think everyone has their own personal favorite. Mine happens to be A Midsummer's Night Dream. I really like Puck. I mean, who doesn't love a mischievous little fairy? He gets things a messed up at the beginning, I must admit but, In the end, it all gets put right. And that's what really counts in life.
Please join me here tomorrow for a little more life wisdom. This time it's from my teacher and friend, the one and only Dharma Frog. Until then, I wish you