When Helena said it of Hermia, she didn’t mean it kindly:
O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school;
And though she be but little, she is fierce.
Certainly Hermia took them as fighting words:
‘Little’ again! nothing but ‘low’ and ‘little’!
Why will you suffer her to flout me thus?
Let me come to her.
But at some point this century, the last line of Helena’s quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been claimed as a compliment to girls everywhere: And though she be but little, she is fierce.
Here are eight ways to decorate your home, your baby, or yourself with this Shakespeare quote:
Perhaps you’d like a rustic wooden sign, $20.
Or maybe a lovely floral print is more your speed, $13.99 and up.
Go big and go home (see what I did there?) with this gold wall decal, $23.45 and up.
Perhaps you’d like to say it with a greeting card, $4.06 each.
Dress your small but fierce friend in this adorable onesie, multiple colors, $18.
Maybe you’d like a stamped necklace with your choice of charm, $16.
Or this beautiful stamped cuff, multiple fonts and materials available, $8.45 and up.
Last but not least, say it with cross-stitch, pattern only, $3.96.
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