Thoughts from Shakespeare

By Cheryl Mahoney


I’m an English major, which may be why I know that today is William Shakespeare’s birthday.  Shakespeare may not have the most obvious connection to philanthropy, but I have a deep attachment to the Bard so couldn’t let the day go by without a mention; I hope you’ll indulge me!  And Shakespeare isn’t utterly unrelated to the topics we often discuss on this blog.  In fact, I hunted down a few quotes from Mr. Shakespeare on relevant subjects:

Shakespeare on mercy:

“The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

–Portia, A Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare on human dignity:

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.”


Shakespeare on charity:

“‘Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.”

–Timon of Athens

Shakespeare on our thoughts influencing our world:

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”



One thought on “Thoughts from Shakespeare

  1. Shakespeare has something valuable to say on so many subjects. He was a philosopher as well as a playwright. And philanthropy is not a new concept, so it is natural he would have some thoughts about that, which he worked into his writings. Thanks for an interesting post.

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