Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare

My friends, I am a total Shakespeare geek. There. I’ve said it. Laugh at me if you will, but I love that little bard.  And lovin’ him ain’t hard.

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better. (Twelfth Night)

We don’t really know when Shakespeare was born. His baptism date was April 26, 1564. Most historians celebrate his date of birth on April 23. For the most part, they decided to do that because he died April 23, 1616 and it just makes a nice circle. Historians love them some nice circles.

The course of true love never did run smooth. (A Midsummer’s Night Dream)

So, to celebrate the birth of my favorite playwright, I thought I would share photos of some of the geeky Shakespearen items that have found their way into my possession. I’m not quite sure why I’m sharing these photos. Perhaps I want to shout my geekiness to the world. Perhaps I believe Mr. Shakespeare would be amused.

Perhaps I just need a blog post.

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds. (Sonnet 116)

But I digress.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. (Hamlet)

P.S. – all quotes in this post are from William Shakespeare.  In case you couldn’t figure that out for yourselves.

There’s not a note of mine that’s worth the noting. (Much Ado About Nothing)

First, my Shakespeare bobble head doll. Every home should have one.

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing? (As You Like It)

Next, a Shakespeare action figure – with removable quill.

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. (Hamlet)

Another, tinier Shakespeare action figure. He’s bendy.


Oftentimes excusing of a fault

Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. (King John)

A Shakespeare insult mug. This comes in very handy at work.

There’s many a man has more hair than wit. (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

And, naturally, a life-size poster of the great man himself.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)

When I had this hanging in my cubicle at work, it would scare people coming down the hall. That made me laugh. Ho, ho, ho.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. (Measure for Measure)

To tie this all in with my book, what does Luc say when his dog makes a mess on the carpet?

You guessed it.

“Out, out, damned Spot!” (MacBeth)

And, to round out today’s Shakespearean lovefest, here is a picture of my first cat, and one of my own great loves.  William Morris Shakespeare Horvath, aka Mr. Shakey-Bakey  (1988-2003).  I sure miss him.


Happy day-after-we-think-it-was Shakespeare’s birthday, everyone!

Parting is such sweet sorrow. (Romeo and Juliet)

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