I'm looking for a quote about community...community participation and/or giving back. Any suggestions? My father died recently. He was a great lover of Shakespeare and, in fact, resurrected the Shakespeare Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. This quote I'm looking for is for his headstone. I'd be eternally grateful if someone was able to assist me in locating some options. Thanks. Julie
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
"Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade."
-Hamlet, Act I Scene 3
I took a Shakespeare class taught by Alan Dessen at UNC many years ago. He always talked about the Folger Library, and I daydreamed about visiting it.
"My recompense is thanks, that's all;/ Yet my good will is great, though the gift small." (Pericles, Prince of Tyre, III.4)
It hath pleased the gods to remember my father's age,
And call him to long peace.
He is gone happy, and has left me rich:
Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound
To your free heart, I do return those talents,
Doubled with thanks and service, from whose help
I derived liberty. (Timon of Athens, I.2)
I will follow thee
To the last gasp with truth and loyalty
-- As You Like It, act 2, sc. 3, l. 69-70.
OR this one, which may not apply as it's talking about a friend turned enemy
The man nearest my soul,
Who like a brother toiled in my affairs,
And laid his love and life under my foot
-- Henry IV, Part 2, act 3, sc. 1, l. 61-3
Or this one, which is actually a daughter speaking of her father:
You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I
Return those duties back as are right fit,
Obey you, love you, and most honor you.
- King Lear, act 1, sc. 1, l. 96-8
I'm not sure if any of these will fit what you're looking for, but they all in some way treat the idea of coming together, or of a communal feel. The last one is of death, but I think it's beautiful. Hope it helps! Good luck!
"The noble tribunes are the people's mouths, / And we their hands... " Coriolanus, III, i
"What is the city but the people?" Coriolanus, III, i
"... good company, good wine, good welcome, /Can make good people...." King Henry Viii, I, iv
"Throng our large temples with the shows of peace,/ And not our streets with war." Coriolaus, III,
"For in that sleep of death what dreams may come..." Hamlet, III, i