Posted on April 23, 2020 at 7:57 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Let’s start this morning out on a light, easy note — it’s World Book Day and also the day we traditionally mark as William Shakespeare’s birthday!

As the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust explains, the Bard’s actual birth isn’t recorded, but his baptism is noted as April 26, 1564.

In that era, baptisms at that time were typically performed within three days of the birth and ideally no later than the first Sunday after birth.

So all that said, Shakespeare was unlikely to have been born any earlier than April 23.

In his honor, enjoy these twenty great quotes from Shakespearean sonnets and plays, compiled by Writer’s Digest.

And also in his honor, take a moment to celebrate World Book Day, assigned to the Bard’s possible birthday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

World Book Day is also a literacy charity in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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