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Hamlet Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills 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 thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd!”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. ”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Sweets to the sweet.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?
Hamlet: Between who?
Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“This above all: to thine own self be true.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and, by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Words, words, words.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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