I am in diffrent mood today – a sudden question coming to my mind is what exactly we striving for?
Fame? Money? Love? Peace? – thats what v say normaly to convince ourself as well others, but finaly whats there in our hand exactly?
Just to share with you some truely ‘treasured quotes’ – from my persoanl choice ! and honestly it answers me lot many of my WHYs!
“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.”
–From As You Like It (II, vii, 139-143),
Jaques is a libertine-turned-philosopher in this pastoral satire. He has turned to philosophy in his quest for a new identity, and as a philosopher he questions much of what he sees around him, causing him to offer the this oration, which runs considerably longer than the excerpted piece. Jaques sees the world as a stage upon which people perform, and their different ages represent different acts and scenes in the play. His descriptions suggest that the roles are somewhat beyond the players’ control and that the script for this play has already been written by an eternal power. In addition, Shakespeare was always aware of his art, and of the theater; and, while this is expressed in nearly every play and sonnet, nothing quite comes as close to this expression than Jaques’s oration in As You Like It.
“To be or not to be, –that is the question:–
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?”
— From Hamlet (III, i, 56-61)
Perhaps the most famous soliloquy in literature, these words reflect the state of desperation in which Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, finds himself as he contemplates suicide. His father, the King, has died. His mother, the Queen, has remarried within a month of the King’s passing, an act which has disturbed young Hamlet in and of itself. To make it worse, she has married the King’s brother, Hamlet’s uncle, who is now the King of Denmark. As Hamlet’s despair deepens, he learns (through the appearance of an apparition of his dead father) that the old King was murdered by the new King. Hamlet’s growing awareness of the betrayal of his mother and evil of Claudius leads to a deepening depression and madness. This soliloquy contains the famous words “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”, hinting that the “dread of something after death”-purgatory, hell, perhaps-is what keeps Hamlet alive to avenge his father.
“O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?”
–From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 33)
Juliet cries these words into the night, having just met and fallen in love with Romeo of the Montague family, sworn enemy of her own (Capulet) family. This famous line has been misunderstood through popular history, with comedic interpretations showing Juliet glancing about her garden, looking for her Romeo. It is not where, but why, she asks: why are you Romeo and a Montague, my father’s enemy? Their love is made impossible by their names, and Juliet ponders this situation from her balcony, “Deny thy father and refuse thy name/Or it thou wilt not be, be but sworn my love,/And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
–From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet and fall in love in Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of “star-cross’d” lovers. They are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Here Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name and not the Montague family. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to “deny (his) father” and instead be “new baptized” as Juliet’s lover. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play.