This little Shakespeare Quote Widget was stolen from Malnurtured Snay. On the first hit I got that quote from Macbeth, my favorite Shakespeare play. My fascination with the Scottish play goes back to sixth grade when I played the title role for the English class production. It was then that I had to memorize his most famous soliloquy.
To test how well my memory has held up, I wrote out the speech and then checked it against the Complete Works of Shakespeare textbook I keep next to my engineering manuals (You never know when a good quote from The Bard will be relevant to a technical study). I didn't do too well. Below is my corrected version. I forgot one entire line and missed a few other things.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
creeps in this
itspetty pace from day to day
untilthe last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking a shadow, a poor player
who struts and frets his hour upon the stage
and then is heard no more. It is a tale
told by an idiot full of sound and fury,
In grade school, I used to be real good at memorizing things. When we had to recite poems for class, I would always pick the longest poem I could fine. At one time I had the entire "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" available. Now, the brain isn't what it used to be. My wife only kind of jokes that she will never know the Alzheimer's kicks in. I joke back that it already has.
BlatantCommentWhoring: What can you recite from memory?