Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt thou the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love.”

– Hamlet, II.2
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I love this quote from Hamlet to Ophelia.  OMG, so sweet, right?

Well…it would be.  Except that these lines are actually spoken by OPHELIA’S DAD to HAMLET’S MOM!

That’s right.  Exemplifying every teenager’s worst nightmare, Ophelia and Hamlet’s parents are standing around talking about the teenage romance.  Even worse, Ophelia’s dad has found Hamlet’s love letters and is reading them OUT LOUD to Hamlet’s parents.  #mortifying!

So, the real reason why I love this quote is because it’s beautiful, but not so straightforward.  Like many of Shakespeare’s best quotes…

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Shakespeare Quote of the Day!

“That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.”

-Romeo and Juliet, II.2

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Everyone knows this classic line from Romeo and Juliet.  So, what does it mean?

Juliet has just met the love of her life.  But as fate would have it, her new boo is the son of her family’s mortal enemy!

However, Juliet is a smart gal.  She recognizes that it’s only Romeo’s last name that stands in the way of their love.  Using the rose analogy, Juliet sees that the names and labels that we use every day don’t actually define us.

After all, a rose is still a rose—no matter what you call it.

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