Is it a bad assumption to think that everyone will know who this is? If you don't, it is William Shakespeare or Billy Wigglesticks as one punny friend of mine has taken to saying. I have fond memories of reading his work. A few fortunate friends of mine just visited his birthplace, Warwickshire, Stratford upon Avon, in Great Britain.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), `The Bard of Avon', English poet and playwright wrote the famous 154 Sonnets and numerous highly successful oft quoted dramatic works including the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet;
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!"
--Lord Polonius, Hamlet Act I, Scene 3
Here is another famous quote by Mr. Shakespeare that I have featured on the sidebar of this blog; it is really an inspiration to me. This quote is from Measure for Measure, a play believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604.
Mr. Shakespeare and this quote were carved for a postal project hosted by yours truly called the Postal Challenge. The premise of the project was for newer carvers to challenge themselves to create something just beyond what they thought they could achieve, to stretch a little extra and see what they came up with. I have to say the project was a huge success and one of the most satisfying, exciting rings I had the privilege to host. Everyone involved was pleased with what they accomplished, even me.
“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” ~Thomas Carlyle