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Nothing Comes From Nothing

Posted by George Parker on

Nothing Comes From Nothing.

This is a famous line from Shakespeare's King Lear. Lear, the King of Britain, says this line at the beginning of the play, and its meaning resonates throughout. Lear has abdicated his throne and divided his kingdom into thirds: one for each of his daughters. But first, each daughter must proclaim her love for him. His eldest and middle daughters do so dutifully, although, as we later learn, insincerely. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to fawn over her father with profuse words. Instead, she loves her father because she does and acts so. Lear is furious and reminds Cordelia that "Nothing comes from nothing."

Nothing comes from nothing. For Lear, no flattery from Cordelia leads to no kingdom. Later, Lear realizes that only Cordelia gave him true love with her modest actions instead of nothing words.

Shakespeare has a way with words and understanding human character. That's why we still read his works centuries later. Times change, but the human character is remarkably consistent. 

Running works like this, too, huh? You have big goals and dream races? Great. Nothing comes from nothing. If you want something, you must adopt the necessary discipline and work.

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