portrait of William Shakespeare
The "Chandos" portrait, possibly by John Taylor, circa 1610

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Quotes of the Day for 23 April 2016 – William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is presumed to have been born at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England on this day in 1564. He is known to have died there on this day in 1616, four hundred years ago. Ever since John Bartlett put together his first volume of quotes, the Bard of Avon has been a mainstay among quote collectors. In my tenure here there have been only a few authors that I feature every year, Shakespeare is probably the only one that I have used every year, this makes thirteen. I've missed quite a few days lately, given a new major client, a little plumbing, and a touch of dentistry, but I had to get back in harness for this special anniversay.

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The quotes:

A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!

There is no darkness but ignorance.

We are advertis'd by our loving friends.

Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.

Some are born great; some achieve greatness; and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.

Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed.

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
     All from William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616

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