Celebration Quotation – February 22, 2016

Today’s quote comes from  Sonnet 116:

"Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds." 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.

–William Shakespeare

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