William Shakespeare's life lessons
Friendship is constant in all other things
save in the office and affairs of love.
(Much Ado about Nothing, Act II, Scene 1)On love:
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
(Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2)On marriage:
( ... ) men are April when they woo, December when they
wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky
changes when they are wives.
(As You Like It, Act IV, Scene I)On happiness:
I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad (...)
(As You Like It, Act IV, Scene 1)On men:
( ... ) for men, like butterflies,
Show not their mealy wings but to the summer (...)
(Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene 3)On evil:
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones (...)
(Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 2)On women:
I know that a woman is a dish for the gods, if the devil dress her not.
(Antony and Cleopatra, Act v, Scene 2)On power:
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
(Julius Caeser, Act I, Scene 2)On wisdom:
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
(HamIet, Act III, Scene 3)For I am nothing, if not critical.
(Othello, Act II, Scene 1)On truth
A good moral, my lord: it is not enough to speak, but to speak true.
(A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act V, Scene 1)