Franklin, Shakespeare Said What?

Peek into the windows of my home (that sounds kind of creepy) on a Sunday afternoon and you can find me reading Shakespeare. Out loud. By myself. (Is that weird?) For me, that’s the best way to truly “get into” the plays and experience the prose.

It’s always fascinated me how many common expressions originated or are contained in Shakespeare’s works. The same can be said for Benjamin Franklin. Talk about a jack of all trades! He invented the odometer, the lightning rod and bifocals, just to name a few.

Here are some of my favorite sayings penned (or uttered) by these famous wordsmiths:

Shakespeare

  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
  • All the world’s a stage.
  • Sweets to the sweet.
  • The world’s mine oyster.
  • To thine own self be true.
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Franklin

  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • A place for everything, everything in its place.
  • Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
  • The doors of wisdom are never shut.
  • Remember that time is money.
  • He that rises late must trot all day.

Hope you enjoyed this little “history lesson.” As Shakespeare said, “Parting is such sweet sorrow!”

Luigi Loves the Classics

So you still think Nintendo rots your brain? Well, for further proof that these are indeed some crazy, crazy times, the portable Nintendo DS now features the ability to download your own library of literature to take with you on the go. The UK’s Times Online explains the capabilities in an article aptly titled, "Mario Makes Way for Shakespeare in Harper Collins Deal":

The 100 Classic Book Collection ranges from Shakespeare and Dickens to Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. It will cost about £20 and will be available initially only in Britain.

Readers will turn the pages by brushing a finger across the screen. If the collection is a success, Nintendo may expand the range of books available.

Other technology giants are trying to gain the upper hand in the rush towards reading books on screen. The Sony Reader, which can hold about 160 titles, was released in September. Users can choose from thousands of titles to down-load from Waterstones’ website.

No word yet about the potential global portability of my domination of anyone who dares to challenge me in Super Tecmo Bowl, but baby steps are fine at this point.