All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His act being seven ages (As You Like It, act 2, sc. 7)
Tips for Use. A wry comment whenever you feel that there is something fake about the situation you find yourself in. It is sufficient to say “All the world is a stage.” The lines are so well known that your audience will understand your meaning – that is, that there is more show than truth in what you are seeing, reading or listening to.
In the Play. In the forest of Arden the skeptical Jacques philosophizes on the meaning of life. The seven ages are: infancy, school age, age of love, of the soldier, of the judge, transition to old age, final stage
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