Celebration Quotation – April 19, 2016

Today’s quote comes from Julius Caesar:

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries." Julius Caesar, Act IV, Scene 3

This is Shakespeare’s way of saying “Seize the Day!”

The actor pictured is Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852).  Booth was born in England, but emigrated to the U.S. in 1821 and became one of the country’s most celebrated actor-managers.  His children followed in his footsteps, and toured with him as members of his company.  His eldest son Edwin was one of the greatest actors of his generation.  His second son John Wilkes was also an actor, but is more remembered as the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.  The youngest Booth – Junius, Jr. was also an actor-manager, but found his career eclipsed by Edwin’s talent – and John Wilkes infamy.

Booth was named after Marcus Junius Brutus – the character he was playing in Julius Caesar when this portrait was created in 1827.  The artist is John Neagle.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection