Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Not in the Stars

Moon & Stars Garden Mosaic by Ben McCartney, at age 12

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny,
but in ourselves.”

Try searching for this quotation and you will easily get a hundred entries attributing it to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. You'll even find it on a Top Ten List of Favorite Shakespeare Quotes.

Yet a complete word search of the text of Julius Caesar reveals not a single instance of the word destiny. What's going on here? A different edition or something? Here's how it really goes:

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene ii

Handprint Garden Mosaic by Sam McCartney, at age 8

Mosaics, as previously displayed on back garden wall
Philadelphia, 2003

see additional blog posts: "Secret Garden" & "Scary Hair"

1 comment:

  1. Kit, I loved your scary hair then and I still love it!!xoxo