Whole books have been devoted to quotations from Shakespeare,
and any quotations competition is bound to contain several entries.
He was a man 'for all time', said Ben Jonson, and one reason
for his continued popularity is his uncanny ability to express
profound insights into the human condition which transcend time,
culture, and - judging by the remarkable number of translations
of Shakespeare which exist - language. These opening lines of
the famous speech by the gloomy courtier Jaques continue with
the exposition of the seven ages of man. The whole speech might
be a quotation.