The Answer is Shakespeare

We have all been there…that moment when words fail and you are left mouth agape in a goldfish-esque pose with tumbleweeds billowing through your mind. There are certain occasions that can scupper even the most quick-tongued individuals and it is then that we turn to Shakespeare.

Britain’s favourite bard celebrates his 400th anniversary this year and in addition to creating a series of special edition Shakespeare notebooks and notelets, we decided to comb his many works to uncover a quotation for every occasion (which has a nice ring to it don’t you think?).

Smythson Shakespeare Legacy Collection1. When caught in a lie

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtues fall. ” – Measure for Measure

2. When embarking on a potentially dangerous venture

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” – Twelfth Night

3. When popping the question

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you” – Much Ado About Nothing

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4. …if they say no

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

5. When flowers won’t do…

“Let us not burthen our remembrance with a heaviness that’s gone.” – The Tempest

6. When you achieve world domination

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” – Henry VI

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7. To express gratitude

“Silence is the perfectest herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.” – Much Ado About Nothing

8. When raising a glass

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” ― The Merchant of Venice

9. When the answer is yes, those trousers do make your bum look big

For this we would recommend you take Shakespeare’s advice and remember, “Men of few words are the best men.” – Henry V

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10. If you get pulled over for speeding

Please refer to the above recommendation for #9

10. When asked your opinion on a controversy

“I am not bound to please thee with my answers.” – The Merchant of Venice

11. When confronted with an embarrassing situation

“This above all: to thine own self be true” – Hamlet

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12. When breaking up a fight

“Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.” – Richard III

13. When challenged to a battle of wits (it could happen…)

“There’s an old saying that applies to me: you can’t lose a game if you don’t play the game.” – Romeo and Juliet

Special Edition Shakespeare Legacy Panama Notebooks
Special Edition Shakespeare Notelets

The beauty of Shakespeare is that 400 years on, he still manages to help us through life’s trying moments. Let our Shakespeare Legacy collection inspire you to tackle life with all the British witticism that he himself would have employed.

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