“We can say of Shakespeare, that never has a man turned so little knowledge to such great account,” said T.S. Eliot.
It’s been more than 400 years since William Shakespeare passed away. But the words of the famous actor and playwright, which have been translated into more than 100 languages, will live on forever. The Bard’s 16th-century work on life, love, happiness, and hate still has meaning today.
Below, five prominent Shakespeare quotes (translated to modern-day English…you’re welcome), that still hold significant meaning and valuable insight.
1. “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” – Hamlet. Translation? Listen to everybody, but only talk to a few. All too often, people listen to reply instead of listening with the intent to understand. Try actually hearing what somebody has to say—listening is one of the sincerest forms of respect.
2. “There is no darkness but ignorance.” – Twelfth Night. Translation? Ignorance is not bliss. Sure, ignorance has its place in life. But, so does curiosity! Educate yourself. Knowledge equals power, right?
3. “Let grief Convert to anger. Blunt not the heart, enrage it.” – Macbeth. Translation? Turn your sadness into readiness. In this particular scene, Macduff’s family has just been murdered, and Malcolm is pushing him to seek revenge. Now, we’re not saying to go off and kill everyone. But, when something bad happens, don’t sit around moping! Let the sadness fuel your fire to do something bigger than yourself.
4. “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet. Translation? Nothing is good or bad in itself. It’s all what a person thinks about it. Perspective matters, people! Ask yourself, “Is my glass half empty or half full?”
5. “Nothing will come of nothing.” – King Lear. Translation? If you want to be successful, do something about it! Nothing will ever happen in your life if you sit around waiting for it to happen. Take action, and live a fulfilling life.
Can’t get enough Shakespeare? Tickets for The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 season are on sale now! Don’t miss your opportunity to see Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Twelfth Night,” “Macbeth,” and “The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three.” Audience favorites “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” the comedic “The Book of Will,” and the poignant “Every Brilliant Thing” will also be produced.
Tickets are available by calling the ticket office at (800) PLAYTIX or online at bard.org.