There was a quote on my mind for a while now, I don’t know why exactly. It’s some lines written by Shakespeare, and was one of my favorites sometime in the middle of my teenage years, but I haven’t think about it for years now. It just came to me today, and I decided to share it with you.
To be honest, I had to look it up in English, because I only read Shakespeare in translation (except for Romeo and Juliet), and I was a bit afraid that it might not even be in the original. Artistic freedom and everything. But I found the passage, and the meaning is the same.
So, here it is.
“When remedies are past, the griefs are ended
By seeing the worst, which late on hopes depended.
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
Patience her injury a mockery makes.
The robb’d that smiles steals something for the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”
— William Shakespeare: Othello
It was way more easy to understand in Hungarian (our translations are from later than Shakespeare’s age – around the 19th century…so it still has that historical vibe, it’s not exactly the language we use today, but it’s not a struggle to understand it at all), but the essential is the same. Lesson is: stop regretting past mistakes and happenings, it just makes it all worse. Go on, leave your life, it’s all done, even if it’s bad. Stop being miserable about it.
I’ve always loved this quote, maybe because I’m so bad at doing what it suggests. I’m the type of person who can get herself upset even months or years after some happenings, even if they’re of no importance. I know I shouldn’t, but that’s just how I am.
What do you think about it? Can you easily go on, or are you like me – looking back at the past when you should rather think about the future?
Can’t wait to see your thoughts!