the not so ugly ducklings

I love to read and write and I know there are a lot of other who do also! So, every Friday I am going to write a post on the topic of reading and writing. I invite you all to join me and link up your posts from the week devoted to books and writing. This link up will be open from Friday morning until the following Thursday.

To be honest I am really unprepared for this post this week. I was planning to write a book review, but am just not in the mood for it. Just tired I think. However I don’t want to leave you with nothing, so I am going to share my favorite Shakespeare quote:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
Then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

I remember being in high-school and hearing about Shakespeare on a regular basis. We were forced to study whatever play the teacher gave us. Now that I am an adult, I hear less and less about Shakespeare. In many ways I think this is such a shame. I have always liked his works, but now that I am older with more life experience his work takes a different meaning. Before Shakespeare was interesting to read, now it has so much more meaning and I can understand and relate to it more.

What about you? Do you like Shakespeare? What is your favorite quote?