Celebration Quotation – April 9, 2016

Today’s quote is from Measure for Measure:

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 4

We love this line – nothing kills an enterprise more quickly than doubt.  How many brilliant inventions have never seen the light of day because the creator didn’t believe in himself – or herself – enough to bring it to fruition?  How many great loves denied because a lover was afraid to speak?  How many works of art have been locked in attics or tossed on the fire because the artist was afraid it wasn’t good enough?

Shakespeare is telling us we need to dare – not just to dream, but to do – and never be afraid of failing.

The image is an engraving of a 19th century daguerrotype of actors Isabella Glyn and William Hoskins in the roles of Isabella and Lucio.  Isabella Glyn (1823-1889) was born in Scotland, and was a noted Shakespearean actress of the Victorian era.  William Hoskins (1816-1886) studied law at Cambridge before turning his talents to acting – he had a successful career on the London stage, then spent the latter part of his life working with theatre companies in Australia and New Zealand.  Hoskins was also known for his skill as an acting teacher, particularly in the art of elocution – the great Henry Irving was one of his pupils.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection