Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare

William Shakespeare turns 448 today (at least, most scholars agree April 23rd is his birthday). He’s looking pretty good for his age, I’d say. So in honor of that, I’d thought I’d share one of my favorite things compiled by Bernard Levin. I often forget how much of my everyday speech I owe to Shakespeare! How many of these things do you say? Did you know all these sayings were from Shakespeare?

Shakespeare

“If you cannot understand my argument, and declare ``It's Greek to me'', you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise -why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.”
-Bernard Levin
Also, Happy Wedding Anniversary to Mrs. Pancakes over at Adventures of Team Pancakes! Stop by and show her some love...

love, elizabeth

6 comments:

Alisha said...

Now this is cool!! I've seen something similar to this, but this one definitely takes the cake :)
Thanks for sharing it!

Happy Monday!
xo
Alisha

Little Tree Vintage said...

happy birthday shakes!

kimberly rae said...

that's awesome!!

Megan said...

This is so awesome!! Thank you for sharing this. So interesting to read!

Kate&Garrett said...

I think my dad has a framed copy of this somewhere. Love, love, love it!!!!! (And would you believe I actually did remember the Bard's birthday all on my own? You know you love theatre when....)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

That's super sweet Elizabeth...I appreciate the gesture! Totally made my day!!

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