Weekend Quote (5)

Since I’m joining LRP, I decided to read Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare for this month. I haven’t made significant progress yet, but so far, I’ve found an interesting quote, taken from Act I Scene II

Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?  
No, Cassius, for the eye sees not itself. But by reflection, by some other things.

I like that line, it reminds me that everything that we see–even in the mirror–is just a reflection. The beauty, the ugliness, everything that is reflected, is a reflection. And a reflection is made by many components. Different mirrors could make different reflections from the very same object, depends on the curvature, the surface, the material, etc.

So that human being. We see their reflections in our brains, from what is captured by our eyes, ears, and other senses. Those reflections made, those images captured, depend on the quality of our senses. Still, our senses couldn’t capture what’s inside, except they made them reflected so that our senses could capture it.

But, what Shakespeare wanted to say was that we couldn’t see ourselves clearly. Sometimes, we don’t realize our strength, our weakness, our talent, our mistakes, but others–especially close friends or relatives, even enemies–would see it more obvious. That’s why we often need suggestions, critics and opinions to be better and better.

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2 responses to “Weekend Quote (5)

  1. I like that quote above. And funnily, although I can’t say that I like Cassius (because he’s such an annoying man when he flatters Brutus), much of his saying makes sense, like when he says, “Men at times are masters of their fate,” and “The fault is not in our stars that we are underlings.”

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