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5 times Shakespeare gave better dating advice than your friends

We’re not saying Tommy and the guys you’ve run with since your bar mitzvah days didn’t help you craft the perfect pick-up line for Susie Johnson. And we’re definitely not saying that Brittany wasn’t the perfect cover all those times you were supposed to be spending the night at her house.

All we’re saying is that we prefer to stick with tried and true advice from the guy who basically invented sweet nothings, William Shakespeare.

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1. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” 
― The Tempest

Let’s face it: there are a lot of unsavory characters out there in the dating pool. Some even say all of the candidates are unqualified in one way or another. The odds may seem like they’re against you, but that makes landing the love of your life even sweeter.

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2. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” 

― As You Like It

This goes for all stages of relationships. You’ll inevitably screw up, but the important thing to remember is that those who stay composed and take themselves and their triumphs/failures less seriously will rebound quicker than those who don’t.

3. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate”

- Sonnet 18

This is a no-brainer. You like compliments. I like compliments. We like each other better when we’re complimentary (and especially complementary) so let ‘em fly.

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4. “My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.” 
― The Taming of the Shrew

Nobody likes a scene. Avoid causing one by taking on challenges as they come. By communicating your take on small problems you avoid becoming a dementor-like lover who sucks all the good will out of the relationship until crash landing in meltdown city.

5. “ O heavy lightness! serious vanity!
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!
Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is.
This love feel I, that feel no love in this.”
― Romeo and Juliet

If this was about anything else, we’d alert the proper authorities that the guy spouting this imagery was hallucinating and acting a fool in the streets.

Alas, it’s Romeo and he’s high on young love.

We’ve all been there — love runs the gamut of emotions and often does so throughout the course of a single day.

Take it as it comes and have fun with it.

Happy 450th birthday to William Shakespeare! See our Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Tempest litographs here.
Happy 450th birthday to William Shakespeare! See our Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Tempest litographs here.
Happy 450th birthday to William Shakespeare! See our Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Tempest litographs here.

Happy 450th birthday to William Shakespeare! See our Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Tempest litographs here.

In Wuthering Heights the reader is shocked, disgusted, almost sickened by details of cruelty, inhumanity, and the most diabolical hate and vengeance, and anon come passages of powerful testimony to the supreme power of love—even over demons in the human form. The women in the book are of a strange fiendish-angelic nature, tantalising, and terrible, and the men are indescribable out of the book itself. Yet, towards the close of the story occurs the following pretty, soft picture, which comes like the rainbow after a storm.

A review of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (published January 15, 1848). (via the-library-and-step-on-it)
Happy birthday to Charlotte Bronte! See our Jane Eyre collection here.
Happy birthday to Charlotte Bronte! See our Jane Eyre collection here.
Happy birthday to Charlotte Bronte! See our Jane Eyre collection here.

Happy birthday to Charlotte Bronte! See our Jane Eyre collection here.

Having begun to love you, I love you for ever - in all changes, in all disgraces, because you are yourself. I ask no more.

littlebrown:

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RIP #GabrielGarciaMarquez

We’re remembering a great writer today.

littlebrown:

bartlettsquotes:

RIP #GabrielGarciaMarquez

We’re remembering a great writer today.