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It always comes around every year or two. Moods get sour and/or combative, speculation and pessimism about the market runs at all time highs. That's when it seems like it becomes time for me to pull out this little gem for some levity and perspective. Enjoy!

Here's something I posted a few years ago. Hopefully it'll help lighten the mood around here a little.

Even the immortal Bard had a thing or two to say about investing.

To C, or not to C, that is the question.
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Bulls,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of Bears,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The endless guessing, and the thousand Trendlines
that Funds are heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To perchance to Invest: Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have locked in our profits,
Must give us pause. There's the uncertainty
That makes Calamity of long investments:
For who would bear the Highs and Lows of the market,
The Fed's wrongs, the rich man's follies,
The pangs of despised Losses, the TSP's rules,
The insolence of Keynes, and the Stocks
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his Fortune make
With a Call Option? Who would Buffet bear,
To grunt and sweat under noontime deadline,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered Stock, from whose profit
No TSPer may take, Puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those IFTs we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.
Thus Conscience does make Cowards of us all,
And thus the Native hue of Resolution
Is sicklied o'er, with the pale cast of QEIII
And enterprises of great pitch and moment,
With this regard their Profits turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. Soft you now,
The fair Kate Upton? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

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