Thursday, April 23, 2009

Meditation and The Bard

It's Shakespeare's birthday today, folks, and so I thought I'd share a few things he wrote that speak to the meditative process:

*Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

*There is nothing either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

*And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

*Expectation is the root of all heartache.

*I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.

*What is past is prologue.

*We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.

*But no perfection is so absolute, That some impurity doth not pollute.

*And many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.

Have fun with these. And it can be illuminating to look for others that are consistent with meditative principles.


  1. Great quotes - thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm glad you liked them Sunrise Sister!

    My mother was a Shakespeare scholar and so I NEVER forget Shakespeare's birthday! :-)


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