Quote of the Week

There was a quote on my mind for a while now, I don’t know why exactly. It’s some lines written by Shakespeare, and was one of my favorites sometime in the middle of my teenage years, but I haven’t think about it for years now. It just came to me today, and I decided to share it with you.

To be honest, I had to look it up in English, because I only read Shakespeare in translation (except for Romeo and Juliet), and I was a bit afraid that it might not even be in the original. Artistic freedom and everything. But I found the passage, and the meaning is the same.

So, here it is.

β€œWhen remedies are past, the griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mockery makes.
The robb’d that smiles steals something for the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.” 

— William Shakespeare: Othello

It was way more easy to understand in Hungarian (our translations are from later than Shakespeare’s age – around the 19th century…so it still has that historical vibe, it’s not exactly the language we use today, but it’s not a struggle to understand it at all), but the essential is the same. Lesson is: stop regretting past mistakes and happenings, it just makes it all worse. Go on, leave your life, it’s all done, even if it’s bad. Stop being miserable about it.

I’ve always loved this quote, maybe because I’m so bad at doing what it suggests. I’m the type of person who can get herself upset even months or years after some happenings, even if they’re of no importance. I know I shouldn’t, but that’s just how I am.

What do you think about it? Can you easily go on, or are you like me – looking back at the past when you should rather think about the future?

Can’t wait to see your thoughts!

Hugs πŸ™‚

4 thoughts on “Quote of the Week

  1. Hmm… I think on the whole I can move on fairly well, but sometimes an old memory will come back and make me feel the same emotions as I felt when it was happening. And I have a horrible tendency to remember things I’ve done or said that I’m embarrassed about and wish I hadn’t done. I do wish it was easier to switch off unwanted memories sometimes… πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, I think it’s embarrassment what’s the harder to get over for me, too. And I think it’s stronger than reasonable as well πŸ˜… the situation is not as bad as I feel about it. It kind of comes in waves, normally I can ignore it, too, than it just comes back… And then goes πŸ™„πŸ˜

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  2. Great quote. I think remembering is okay as long as it is just a memory of the event and possibly what I learned from it. My philosophy is if I can’t change it by worrying, getting upset or stressing, then stop doing that. A saying I use when someone is fretting and worrying over past issues is, “You can’t shovel last winter’s snow.” So, yes, I can move on, but it still does not necessarily mean forgetting.

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    1. Yes, I think you’re right. If one doesn’t get all upset over things, it’s completely fine to remember and think back at times. The problem only comes when you get yourself worked up over it over and over again. It happens to me from time to time, but it’s not an everyday happening, thank god! 😊

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