The World is Your Oyster: Origin and Meaning

You have the ability or opportunity to achieve anything you want in life.
the world is your oysterThis phrase was created by William Shakespeare in his play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’:
Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.
Pistol: Why then the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.

Oysters are opened quite easily by inserting a knife. In the above example, Shakespeare used ‘oyster’ to symbolise the world – Pistol says that he will open ‘the world’ with his sword, in the same way we open oysters with a knife.
“I can do anything I want to do and go anywhere I want to go – the world is my oyster!”

“Jake is worried about what to do when he finishes university. I keep telling him the world is his oyster.”

Sam: “I think I’ve wasted the last year learning English. What can I do now with my life?”
Ken:The world is your oyster Sam! You are young and healthy, you have no commitments and now you can speak English. You can do anything you want to do!”

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