Quote of the Day 260815

I have run up and down upon the earth:
I grasped life’s pleasures roughly, by the hair,
exploiting everything I thought of worth.
What I delighted in, I seized,
relinquishing what no longer pleased,
storming through life – at first. With age, indeed,
I go more cautiously, and pay more heed.
I know enough of the world, enough of men,
to know that what’s beyond’s beyond our ken.
Why need Man bother with such mysteries?
What he experiences is what he is.

~ Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Quote of the Day 030815

But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,

Nor made to court an amorous looking glass;

I, that am rudely stamped and want love’s majesty

To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;

I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion,

Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,

Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time

Into this breathing world scarce half made up,

And that so lamely and unfashionable

That dogs bark at me as I halt by them

Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,

Have no delight to pass away the time,

Unless to see my shadow in the sun

And descant on mine own deformity.

And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover

To entertain these fair well-spoken days,

I am determined to prove a villain

And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

 

~ Richard III, William Shakespeare

Quote of the Day 070615

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that
when we are sick in fortune, (often the surfeits
of our own behavior) we make guilty of our disasters
the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains
on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves,
thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance;
drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced
obedience of planetary influence; and all that we
are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. An admirable
evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish
disposition to the charge of a star!

~ King Lear, William Shakespeare

 

Quote of the Day 260415

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. 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, William Shakespeare

Quote of the Day 110415

I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog;

therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage.

If I had my mouth, I would bite;

if I had my liberty, I would do my liking. In the meantime,

let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.

 

~ Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare

Quote of the Day 010115

Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind;

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment taste.

Wings, and no eyes, figure unheedy haste.

And therefore is Love said to be a child

Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.

As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,

So the boy Love is perjured everywhere.

 

~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare