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William Shakespeare was the oldest of 8 children.
The school Shakespeare attended (the King's New School) began classes at 6 AM and lasted until 5 PM!
When he was 18 years old (in November of 1582) Shakespeare married 26-yr-old Ann Hathaway. Their first child, Susanna, was born six months following their marriage. They also had twins Hamnet and Judith two years later.
William Shakespeare died at the age of 52.
His Epitaph reads:
"Good friend for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here:
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones."
(His bones were, indeed, never moved.)
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The Force of Shakespeare's Genius
Someone once said, "If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare."
As a lifelong admirer of the Bard and voracious devourer of his every word, I can't argue with that statement. There is only one Book that I'm aware of that contains more wisdom than a Shakespearean play. (It's never a bad feat to come in second to God, Himself!)
Below are some of the wisest words penned by William Shakespeare. I'd suggest letting each really "sink in" before moving on to the next. I could, easily, write paragraphs for each entry, but it'll serve you far better if you find your own meanings within the words.
"Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest, Lend less than thou owest." - from King Lear
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." - from As You Like It.
"Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." - from King Henry IV
"To be or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?" - from Hamlet
"I wasted time and now doth time waste me." - from Richard II
"Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear."
"The course of true love never did run smooth."- from A Midsummer Night's Dream
"If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces."
"Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?" - from King Henry IV
"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." - from Hamlet
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." - from Julius Caesar
"The devil can recite scripture for his purpose."
"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."
"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope." - from Measure for Measure
"True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings." - from King Richard
"It is a wise father that knows his own child." - from The Merchant
"To me, fair friend, you never can be old For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Such seems your beauty still." - Sonnet 104
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date."
"There was a star danced, and under that was I born." - from Much Ado About Nothing
"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." - from Julius Caesar
"Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o're-fraught heart, and bids it break." - from The Tragedy of Macbeth
"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt." - from Macbeth
"To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." - from Hamlet
"We know what we are, but know not what we may become." - from Hamlet
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