407 years after the death of William Shakespeare it is simply amazing to behold the panoply of words and phrases found in his written that resonate for many people, to this day.
Here is a brief roster of key phrases, observations, and witticisms that Shakespeare has bestowed upon us:
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
To thine own self be true
That it should come to this!
Brevity is the soul of wit
As You Like It
All the world’s a stage
We have seen better days
King Richard III
Now is the winter of our discontent
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!
Romeo and Juliet
Parting is such sweet sorrow
What’s in a name?
For you and I are past our dancing days
The Merchant of Venice
If you prick us, do we not bleed?
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
As good luck would have it…
King Henry IV
The better part of valor is discretion.
He hath eaten me out of house and home.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.
King Henry V
Men of few words are the best men.
Once more to the breach…
King Henry VI
Delays have dangerous ends.
Small things make base men proud.
Timon of Athens
We have seen better days.
A dish fit for the gods…
The fault, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
What ‘s done is done.
Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.
Nothing will come of nothing.
Antony and Cleopatra
My salad days…
The game is up.
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
We know what we are but we no not what we may be.
The course of true love never did run smooth.
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This article by Jeff Davidson originally appeared on PolitiCrossing.com and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.
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