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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare turns 448 this week. It’s the dream of every writer that 448 years in the future, when people are reading whatever version of eBooks exist then (mind-books?), that they’ll still be poring over the words you wrote so far in the past. It’s a long-shot, but even the famous Bard of Avon,” had to start somewhere, sitting down at a desk and opening his mind to the possibilities of a story that just needed to be told.

Of course, some of his works were bigger hits than others. “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,”and “Othello” are routinely read by every high-schooler, while “The Life of Timon of Athens” is less so. Still, the fortitude that comes with writing so many works of such incredible quality is worthy of high respect from any type of writer. For the novices all the way to the most seasoned of hands, here are a few words of inspiration about the creative, clever, and intellectual spirit (and some of its ensuing difficulties) from possibly the most successful writer of the past 500 years.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. - Twelfth Night

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice – Hamlet

How well he’s read, to reason against reading!  – Love’s Labour’s Lost

Brevity is the soul of wit. – Hamlet

What is past is prologue. – The Tempest

I say there is no darkness but ignorance. – Twelfth Night

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. – Henry VI part II

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance? - Henry IV

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. – Macbeth

O, had I but followed the arts! – Twelfth Night

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. - As You Like It

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. -Hamlet

To be a creative individual, while definitely a gift, is something that will always be wrestling inside you, waiting to be expressed through some form of art. Shakespeare did a wonderful job describing this struggle.

From all of us at Lulu, Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Do you have a favorite Shakespeare quote or play?

“…And You Look Like One Too.” Celebrate Lulu’s Birthday!

Close your eyes and make a wish, because today is Lulu’s birthday!

That’s right, Lulu is officially nine years old and we want you to help us celebrate.

I’m sure you’ve seen the banners around the site for 20% off any order (Coupon code: HAPPY) and for 25% off a bulk order of 500 books or more (Coupon code: BIRTHDAY), but while we were pulling out the party hats and putting up the streamers, we decided to extend the sale – just for our big day.

Lulu started back in 2002, after our CEO and Founder Bob Young experienced his own frustrations with publishing his book Under the Radar. Having founded open-source software company Red Hat in the past, Bob thought of ways he could apply to the open-source mentality to publishing, thus Lulu, and our our new model of open-publishing, was born.

Nine years later, we’ve helped over 1 million creators in over 200 countries and territories publish their works and gain equal footing in the industry.

So take a big breath and help us blow out our candles because it wouldn’t be a Lulu birthday without you – our remarkable customers.