Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quote of the week #1

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Shakespeare – Macbeth

This is what Macbeth says when he hears about the death of his wife.

Life is meaningless. We all struggle so hard, but at the end, we all die. And a few decades later nobody will remember you. Unless you’re a famous rock star or something like that. So why do we even work so hard, why do we take such pains in life? I hope that every one of you has his own individual answer to that.
Sometimes, while having a bad day or week, I share Macbeth’s opinion. I wish I could leave something behind, so that people will remember me. It scares me to know that one day I will be gone and forgotten. What is the meaning of my life then?  But then again, I would have to ask myself, why is anybody living? Is life just about the process of living? I mean, animals don’t seem to think about these questions, they just try to survive. So maybe I shouldn’t think too much about this, because nobody will ever be able to give me the utterly truth.


  1. Anonymous24/8/12 07:34

    Maybe things are not as dark as the gloomy soul of Macbeth, and the greed of her wife. Maybe The Bard was just telling a sad story.

    Before letting despondency fill you I would be honoured if you go to my blog and read the post:
    Obituary on Friday, April 13, 2012.

    Thank you!

  2. Hi Kleopatra! I'm here again after reading your comments on the quote I have at my blog. Both you and I like inspirational quotes. As I said, they perk up my day.

    You have chosen a very nice quote and from a great writer.

    May I respond to your elaboration? Where there's life, there's death. You know, there's a popular saying in my country, Malaysia, which says "A tiger died leaving its striped skin. A human died leaving a name." But not everyone of us is in such position to have a name remembered till the end of time.

    Why are we created with life and then died? It's really ambiguous. If only we can become immortal beings but then again, it might be boring!

    Animals never think like we do because their needs is only "here and now". Literally, without having to think of what's going to happen tomorrow.

    I might have got out of topic. Anyway, I like the quote you have here.

    Many thanks for leaving comments at my blog. I'm happy to see you there. :)

    1. Hi again, thank you for your comments!

      I also like this quote very much, although it might seem a bit negative and I love Shakespeare's work. I have read Macbeth several times.

      It is true what you are saying about animals.
      And it really is ambiguous. Every time I try to understand, it just raises more questions.
      Maybe we should just accept that our existance is our whole purpose in life and try to live it as good as possible.
      You didn't get at all out of topic, I am glad you shared your thoughts with me.

      Thank you so much for you kind words! :)