Shakespeare and the Inevitable Passing of Time

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.”
(SON 60)

Tips for Use. What may come to mind when you are at the seashore. It helps if the beaches are not packed chock-a-block with piles of human flesh being roasted to perfection with the help of cheap or expensive ointments. Though love is the main theme of the sonnets, the others are the brevity of life (as here in Sonnet 60) and the double-edges allurements of desire…. As a rule they confirm the idea that there is always something sad in what is beautiful. It has been said that even the number of this Sonnet (#60) was chosen in relation to the minutes in an hour. If you memorize the quote you may use it (aloud) when you leave one of the many seminars on effective time management, so popular with the HR offices of large corporations. Or it could be the beginning of a concluding remark at the end of your presentation, indicating that it is time to wrap things up.
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