Any other name..

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

What matters is what something is, not what it is called.

From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1594:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

Painting..Juliet-John William Waterhouse.


The Dutchess said...

Well,very strange things are happening with comments on this post..they vanished..want you to know I did read them ..and then they went..poof!So sorry,thank you for stopping by,and do try again:)

GrandmaK said...

Will try to post one...This happened to me as well several weeks back. At any rate it is a delightful post and I do so love the beauty in it! Cathy

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

What magnificent words. I never tire of Shakespeare.

Marie said...

Gosh it said I had to put in a password or something?

love the post. I have a little Royal beauty contest going on my blog. If you want some light relief join in and vote. And yes Princess Maxima is included:).

Peace to you:)


Marja said...

Such wisdom beautifully expressed Thanks for sharing this