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William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Greatest English dramatist & poet [more author details]
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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 4
Every man has business and desire,
Such as it is.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5
Leave her to heaven
And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge,
To prick and sting her.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5
Brevity is the soul of wit.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2
The devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2
The play's the thing
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2
Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2
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!
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 2 scene 2
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 1
I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 1
O, woe is me,
To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 1
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 heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to,--'t is 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.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 1
Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.
Hamlet: Methinks it is like a weasel.
Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.
Hamlet: Or like a whale?
Polonius: Very like a whale.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 2
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 2
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:
Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 3
O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven;
It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't,
A brother's murder.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 3
For 'tis the sport to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petard...
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 4
I must be cruel, only to be kind:
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.
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William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 3 scene 4
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