Nine Classic Quotes (and my YA translation)
Updated: Mar 1
1. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
YA translation: Don't let the secret your love interest just revealed change your perception of them (even for a few chapters).
2. "If you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks." - Aesop, Aesop's Fables, The Father and His Sons
YA translation: Talk openly with all members of your love triangle before jumping to conclusions that could wreck your plan to overtake the tyrannical dystopian government.
3. "My taste is for freedom, and I have no relish for constraint." - Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
YA translation: It is time for our YA heroine to break free of societal constraints and become the figurehead for a social movement or concept. Bring it on, Mary Sue.
4. "I yearned to go with them and enjoy the sight of strange countries, and I longed for the society of the various races of mankind and for traffic and profit." - Anonymous, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad and the Seaman
YA translation: I am trapped by circumstance but I dream of adventure (classic first page material).
5. "Sound judgement always will avoid extremes, and will be sober even in its virtue." - Moliere, The Misanthrope
YA translation: At this point, our YA heroine forgives the winning male in the love triangle for the pertinent information he knowingly concealed from her, which she uncovered two chapters ago. Because love.
6. "It must be remarked of fine clothes how they move." - Charles Perrault, The Master Cat
YA translation: Thus justifying the page and a half spent meticulously describing the heroine's outfit before the climactic action scene, even though the outfit has little bearing on the scene.
7. "We'll let time knit these gentle ties between us." - Moliere, The Misanthrope
YA translation: That is, if we had time. Instead, let's let these intense, excruciating circumstances bond us in less than 200 pages because that is just as valid.
8. "Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." - William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
YA translation: I can't tell you why I love him, I just know that I do, to the point of making extreme sacrifices and jeopardizing my well-being I just know that I do. For sure.
9. "The pictures of the pen shall out-last those of the pencil, and even worlds themselves." - Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
YA translation: And so, this book recounts my adventures bring a Mary Sue and changing the world (if anyone ever sees this, anyway. If we succeeded).