Thoughts from Shakespeare

By Cheryl Mahoney

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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.”

–Hamlet

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.”

–Hamlet

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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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