Two wonderful bloggers, Moon and Bellanoctis, have nominated me for the 3 quotes challenge, which is about as unanimous as I could wish. The Bard, in Romeo and Juliet, provides the first quote, but first a little back story.
I am reading a book about Robert Kennedy and his star-crossed campaign of 1968. Several years earlier, Bobby had eulogized his brother, the slain president, at the Democratic Party convention. When Bobby appeared at the podium, thousands of delegates rose as one and their cheering for their martyred leader swept through the hall. On youtube, I found a clip where the video shows Bobby repeatedly trying to begin speaking and just as often the ovation only growing louder. After twenty minutes, the applause and outpouring of emotion finally subsided. Bobby finished by quoting Shakespeare in tribute to his fallen brother.
And when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
I’m also supposed to challenge three other bloggers, but since I couldn’t decide, I’ll just extend the invitation to anyone reading this.