Ne continuăm plimbarea prin Jefferson Buiding, clădirea principală a Bibliotecii Congresului Statelor Unite, privind inscripţiile ce le poartă:
TONGUES IN TREES, BOOKS IN THE RUNNING BROOKS, SERMONS IN STONES,
AND GOOD IN EVERYTHING
Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene 1
[cf. Inscriptions and Quotations in the Buildings of the Library of Congress - http://www.loc.gov/]
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
As You Like It (1599-1600)
Act II. Scene 1.
The Forest of Arden.
Enter DUKE Senior, AMIENS, and other Lords, like Foresters.
"Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods
More free from peril than the envious court?
Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,
The seasons' difference; as, the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,
Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say
'This is no flattery: these are counselors
That feelingly persuade me what I am.'
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
I would not change it."