Celebration Quotation – February 22, 2016
Today’s quote comes from Sonnet 116:
The sonnet was first published in 1609, but the concepts are timeless. As this is one of our favorite sonnets, here’s the entire text:
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! It is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
This portrait of Shakespeare is credited to the artist William Key, and was published in the mid-19th century/
Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection