Three Quotes: All the World Will Be in Love with Night

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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.


11 thoughts on “Three Quotes: All the World Will Be in Love with Night

    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      The Kennedys, John and Robert, had a bond with the American people that no leader has had since. The people in the hall hearing Robert Kennedy quote Shakespeare would have found the words about Romeo perfectly expressed their love for the slain president. Timeless, indeed.

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    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      You’re most welcome. The words and images of Shakespeare often touch the deepest of human emotions. I’m glad these provided some solace for you, as I imagine they did for those in that hall long ago grieving for their beloved president.

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