• Carol Burns

To thee and thy company I bid a hearty welcome

It's only been in the last year or so that I have discovered a love of Shakespeare. Hubby and I got tickets to see 'Love's Labour's Lost' which was being staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon and I fell in love with both the place and the Bard. He had such a way with words! Here are a few of my favourite quotes -

- 'I do desire we may be better strangers' - As You Like It. (Now THAT is what I call an insult! lol)

- 'Mine eyes smell onions' - All's Well That Ends Well. (This made me laugh out loud the first time I heard it! I have to wear onion goggles when cooking otherwise I can't see for tears. They are just as attractive as they sound!) - 'Villian, I have done thy mother' - Titus Andronicus. (Yup, Shakespeare basically invented 'Your Mum' jokes!) - 'The posterior of this day, which the rude multitude call the afternoon' - Love's Labour's Lost. (I totally think we should go back to calling it 'the posterior of the day' just the thought makes me smile!) - 'You have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness' - Much Ado About Nothing. (I just love that he compared their face to a month!) - 'The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.' - The Merry Wives Of Windsor. (Isn't that THE most wonderful way to describe something foul smelling!) - 'To thine own self be true' - Hamlet. (I love this quote. When working as an artist, especially when starting out, it is tempting to try and be all things to all people as you don't want to let anyone down when a request comes in. Happily, I now have a wonderful network of very talented artists, designers and crafters so when I get a request that doesn't quite fit I can pass it on. It is always worth asking!) If you have any favourites I would love to hear them! (And they don't have to be limited to Shakespeare...I love a good quote!)


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