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Happy Birthday William!

This month’s Streetwise topic recognizes one of literature’s most well-known and probably most-quoted writers – William Shakespeare. In honor of his birthday, this month’s Streetwise question tested the minds of four people to see if they could come up with a Shakespearean quote. Check out their answers below and then ask thine own self the question, “How much Shakespeare doth thou knowest?”

Kevin Fisher
Colorado Springs
“Et tu, Brute?” (“Julius Caesar”) We had to read “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet” in high school and that’s what I remember.

Jennifer Burns
“O Romeo! Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” (“Romeo and Juliet”) It’s the only one I know.

Dr. Ron Ronco
Colorado Springs
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”It’s from “Macbeth,” and it is my favorite quote of all time because people seem to think that everything revolves around them. And they need to realize that we play a small part in this world.

Jennifer Terry
“If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.” (“Macbeth”) I like this quote because it explains how nobody knows what will happen in the future. And if you do, please tell me.

A little more ShakespeareHistorians are uncertain of the exact day on which William Shakespeare was born, but many speculate that it’s April 23, 1564.Although few plays have been performed or analyzed as extensively as the 38 plays ascribed to William Shakespeare, there are few surviving details about the playwright’s life. He probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, England, where he would have studied Latin and read classical literature. He did not go to a university, but at age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later. In 1585, William and Anne had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died 11 years later, and Anne Shakespeare, outliving her husband, died in 1623.Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon April 23, 1616. Today, nearly 400 years later, his plays are performed in more nations than he might have imagined. In a million words written over 20 years, Shakespeare captured the full range of human emotions and conflicts with precision, and his words remain sharp in today’s world.Source:

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