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Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616]

English poet and playwright William Shakespeare is believed born 23 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. His first authenticated plays are dated to 1590. Scholars argue over the details, but Will wrote about thirty-eight plays, about 154 sonnets, and a variety of other poems. Will was a popular actor and playwright in London; he moved to the Bishopsgate area of London in 1598. His stage company performed at the Curtain Theater in Shoreditch, London from 1597 until 1599, when they moved to the newly-built Globe Theater in Southwark, London. He seems to have retired to Stratford in 1613, where he died on 23 April 1616.      2016 color portrait of Wm. Shakespeare by Geoff Tristram in U.K.

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“Blow wind! Come wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back.”
- in "Macbeth" 1606, Act 5 Scene 5  {Issue #64}
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“Our doubts are traitors / And make us lose the good we oft might win / By fearing to attempt.”
- in "Measure For Measure" 1603, Act 1 Scene 4  {blog 12/2007}
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“Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.”  {blog 2/2008}
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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
- in "Twelfth Night" 1601, Act II, Scene 5  {blog 3/2010}
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“Pleasure and action make the hours seem shorter.”  - in "Othello" 1603: spoken by character Iago  {blog 10/2010}
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“The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.”
- in "Henry VI" 1591, Act IV, Scene II: spoken by Dick the Butcher  {blog 4/2011}
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“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”  {blog 2/2012}
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“Let us mock the midnight bell.” - in "Antony and Cleopatra" 1607, Act III Scene 11  {blog 11/2012}
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“Above all else to thine own self be true.”  {blog 1/2014}
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“A quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”  {blog 4/2014}
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“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have
greatness thrust upon ‘em.”  {blog 4/2014}
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“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  {blog 8/2014}
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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”  {blog 3/2015}
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“The object of art is to give life shape.”  {blog 12/2015}
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“Frame thy mind to mirth and merriment, which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life.”  {blog 2/2016}
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“Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
- from stageplay "Twelfth Night" [circa 1600]  {blog 10/2016}

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