It was in high school that we learnt of fourteen-lined poems called sonnets, when we studied Shakespeare and the following sonnet is considered one of his most famous ones.
LET ME NOT TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is not shaken
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov'd,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.
In fact, it is very difficult to go wrong with the Bard's quotes. He said much about love in that inimitable manner of his.
There is no doubt that he was one of the most prolific writers of all times. Many household phrases coined by him have come down into our modern vocabulary.