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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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I shall the effect of this good lesson keep
  As watchman to my heart, but, good my brother,
    Do not as some ungracious pastors do,
      Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
        Whiles like a puffed and reckless libertine
          Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads
            And recks not his own rede.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at I, iii) [Experience : Preaching]

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
  For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulleth edge of husbandry.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii) [Borrowing]

Springes to catch woodcocks.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii) [Proverbs]

The chariest maid is prodigal enough
  If she unmask her beauty to the moon.
    Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
      The canker galls the infants of the spring
        Too oft before their buttons be disclosed,
          And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
            Contagious blastments are most imminent.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Laertes at I, iii) [Youth]

The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
  Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii) [Proverbs]

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.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii) [Truth]

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
  Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
    But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
      Of each new-hatched, unfledged courage.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii) [Friends]

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Laertes at I, iii) [Calumny]

But to my mind, though I am native here
  And to the manner born, it is a custom
    More honored in the breach than the observance.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, iv)
        [Custom]

Let me not burst in ignorance, but tell
  Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death,
    Have burst their cerements, why the sepulchre
      Wherein we saw thee quietly interred
        Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws
          To cast thee up again.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, iv)
        [Graves]

My fate cries out
  And makes each petty artere in this body
    As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, iv)
        [Fate]

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Marcellus at I, iv) [Denmark : Politics]

What may this mean
  That thou, dead corpse, again in complete steel,
    Revisits thus the glimpses of the moon,
      Making night hideous, and we fools of nature
        So horridly to shake our disposition
          With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, iv)
        [Night]

Why, what should be the fear?
  I do not set my life at a pin's fee,
    And for my soul, what can it do to that,
      Being a thing immortal as itself?
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, iv)
        [Death : Life]

But that I am forbid
  To tell the secrets of my prison house,
    I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
      Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
        Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres,
          Thy knotted and combined locks to part,
            And each particular hair to stand on end
              Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
        [Hair : Secrecy : Story Telling]

Leave her to Heaven,
  And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge,
    To prick and sting her.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
        [Proverbs]

Murder most foul, as in the best it is,
  But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
        [Murder]

My tables--meet it is I set it down
  That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
    At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, v)
        [Smiles]

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Horatio at I, v)
        [Wonder]

O Hamlet, what a falling-off was there,
  From me, whose love was of that dignity
    That it went hand in hand even with the vow
      I made to her in marriage, and to decline
        Upon a wretch whose natural gifts were poor
          To those of mine!
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
        [Destiny]

O my prophetic soul!
  My uncle?
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, v)
        [Prophecy (Prophesy)]

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, v)
        [Proverbs]

Remember thee?
  Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
    In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
      Yea, from the table of my memory
        I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
          All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past
            That youth and observation copied there,
              And thy commandment all alone shall live
                Within the book and volume of my brain,
                  Unmixed with baser matter.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, v)
        [Memory]

The glowworm shows the matin to be near
  And gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)
        [Glowworms]

The time is out of joint.
      - Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Hamlet at I, v)
        [Time]


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