“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ~ William Shakespeare in As You Like It
Today would have been Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, more or less. We actually aren’t sure when he was born, but we know when he was baptised. And so he could have been born this day, St. George’s Day, feast day of the patron saint of England, so how appropriate.
As a Shakespeare lover and scholar, I well know there’s a quote for every occasion. The man wrote a lot, but in the end, I chose this one.
The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. And as a scholar, that’s something I need to keep in mind all of the time. Of course, it’s natural in my business to occasionally get too full of one’s self. I spout “wisdom” on a daily basis, or what sounds like wisdom to young people. Mostly it’s common sense, but don’t tell on me! Shakespeare keeps me in line.
Shakespeare is seen as “high culture” by many these days, but please don’t let that put you off. In honor of the day, enjoy a comedy or a rip roaring tragedy–blood, guts and treachery all around! There’s plenty out there and I know there’s truly something for everyone.