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Shakespeare - Happy with words that describe action

For “reasons of sentiment” Shakespeare’s birthday is “usually celebrated on April 23, the day of England’s patron, Saint George, and also the day of Shakespeare’s death” (The Pelican Shakespeare). In small tribute here are a few of his thoughts on action -

Action is eloquence.

Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.

The trust I have is in mine innocence,
and therefore am I bold and resolute.

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me and my life is done.

God for Harry! England and Saint George!

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie.

This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.

This is the short and the long of it.


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