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3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 3

I got tagged by Annemieke (signourney) over at A Dance with Books to do the ‘3 Days 3 Quotes’ challenge. Thanks for tagging me!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. Instead of nominating three people a day I’m going to nominate three people on day three of this challenge.

The 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 lined,
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 slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, 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.

– Act II Scene VII, As You Like It by William Shakespeare

As You Like ItAs You Like It is one of my favourite plays by Shakespeare and I love this speech given by Jaques in Act II, scene VII. The beginning of the speech is one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines and is often quoted by people when they’re talking about The Globe theatre. The speech itself showcases the seven stages of life (or a man’s life) and the melancholy tone really suits Jaques’ character. I love the metatheatrical aspect to this speech too.


That’s it for this challenge!

I’m nominating:

Thanks again to A Dance with Books for nominating me!

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6 thoughts on “3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 3

  1. I often wondered, when I was studying Shakespeare, if he ever finished a piece like this, sat back, re-read it and thought, “Yes. That’s rather fantastic.” Or whether he was like all other writers and thought, “Why can’t I come up with something better?! Oh well, it’ll do!”
    Great choice!

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    1. He had to know some of it was fantastic. Some of his plays were so popular that he had to know how good of a writer he was. Although, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lysander does say ‘should I … kill her dead?’ which is probably the worst line I’ve ever read 🙂

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