That One Verse.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;

These few lines from one verse from Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, are the ones which left a long-lasting impact on my life by and large. I am not much into poetry. My poetry knowledge is pretty limited to what I learned in school, which later on extended to the collections by those extra-ordinary poets who made my school life pretty good.

Poems have always been those pieces of literature which give you multiple dimensions to see and understand things. That is the reason I love them – they make you think.

These lines by Shakespeare had a great impact on me. I think my whole life’s ideology is based on these few lines. Why is that? That is for one simple reason – I want to be remembered while I am alive. Once I die, I am anyway not going to get to know what is living after me.

I try to be good but people take as a people pleasing attitude. I wish I cared. I just feel happy when people feel good about me. And for a mean world like ours, it won’t take much evil to be done to be remembered after death. The minutes of the mistake can do that wonder.

I just love the beauty of these lines – with or without the context of the play. This comes from a loyal and so-in-awe Shakespeare fan!

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