Some of the most famous quotes in the world hail from ElizabethanEngland and the ultimate play write himself, Mr William Shakespeare. You may be familiar with his more notorious quotations, “To be, or not to be? That is the question”, but some of Shakespearian literature’s most inspiring sayings have sadly fallen by the wayside. Let’s take a look at seven lesser known, but no less famous Shakespearian quotes that could well improve our lives, if only we took the time to listen to them! Let the Bard be your guide and lose yourself in some truly inspiring lines.
“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”
After all, actions speak louder than words! You can make somebody happy by saying nice things, but a true deed will always lie within an action. So next time you have the choice between saying and doing something good, do it!
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves”
We have all fallen victim to the belief that our destiny is predetermined by the universe and have let life changing opportunities pass us by because of it. Instead of trusting our own logic and instincts, we sometimes take a back seat and simply trust that things will happen if they are meant to be. Well, stop letting the responsibility of the big decisions fall to the stars and bear Shakespeare in mind when an opportunity arises instead! Remember that YOU have the ability to determine your own future, if you just listen to your heart.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”
If only more people made this Shakespearian quote one to live by! As basic human beings we are often astounded by the simplicity and beauty of nature, but spend our lives both creating and using things that work to destroy it. If we just take the time to heed the wise words of William, we can realise that we’d all be much more united if we kept the world green, in every sense of the word.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”
How many times have you sat there and spent time worrying about something someone said, or going over every detail of a conversation that didn’t exactly go how you’d planned? So many you’ve lost count? Me too! Sometimes, our own perception makes something seem either good or bad, when in reality it was neither. Stop fussing over every little detail, accept situations for what they are and move on. Dwelling on words that can’t be changed won’t change them, no matter what you think!
“This above all: to thine own self be true”
This is one of Shakespeare’s most widely used quotes and it’s not hard to see why. If you make each decision in your life for yourself, you can’t fail! Being true to yourself will always be the best thing that you can do.
“No legacy is so rich as honesty”
Honesty will empower you, teach you and give you the room that you need to grow; what other lifelong endeavour can offer you more than that?
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt”
This is the most important play write quote to live by! If you let go of doubt, you will be open to success. After all, doubt only stops you from trying and if you don’t try, you can’t win!