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LIFE
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Life's but a walking shadow--a poor player,
  That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
      Told by idiot, full of sound and fury
        Signifying nothing.
      - William Shakespeare

Oh, how this spring of life resembleth
  The uncertain glory of an April day,
    Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
      And, by and by, a cloud takes all away!
      - William Shakespeare

So weary with disaster's tugg'd with fortune,
  That I would set my life on any chance,
    To mend, or be rid on't.
      - William Shakespeare

The web of life is of mingled yarn, good and ill together.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Second Lord at IV, iii)

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Second Lord at IV, iii)

O excellent! I love long life better than figs.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Charmian at I, ii)

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
  Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
      And this our life, exempt from human haunt,
        Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
          Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, i)

All the world's a stage,
  And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances,
      And one man in this time plays many parts,
        His acts being seven ages.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

All the world's a stage.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine,
  And after one hour more 'twill be eleven;
    And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe,
      And then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot;
        And thereby hangs a tale.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

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?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, iv)

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.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at III, i)

It will be short; the interim is mine,
  And a man's life 's no more than to say 'one.'
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at V, ii)

I cannot tell what you and other men
  Think of this life; but for my single self,
    I had as lief not be as live to be
      In awe of such a thing as myself.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
  Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
    Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
      But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
        Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, iii)

This day I breathed first. Time is come around,
  And where I did begin, that shall I end.
    My life is run his compass.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at V, iii)

O gentlemen, the time of life is short!
  To spend that shortness basely were too long
    If life did ride upon a dial's point,
      Still ending at the arrival of an hour.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at V, ii)

The sands are numb'red that makes up my life.
  Here must I stay and here my life must end.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Plantagenet, Duke of York at I, iv)

Thy life's a miracle.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at IV, vi)

When we are born, we cry that we are come
  To this great stage of fools.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vi)

If th' assassination
  Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
    With his surcease success, that but this blow
      Might be the be-all and the end-all--; here,
        But here upon this bank and shoal of time,
          We'ld jump the life to come.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at I, vii)

Had I but died an hour before this chance,
  I had lived a blessed time; for from this instant
    There's nothing serious in mortality:
      All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead,
        The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
          Is left this vault to brag of.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at II, iii)

And I another,
  So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune,
    That I would set my life on any chance
      To mend it or be rid on't.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (First Murderer at III, i)

It is a tale
  Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at V, v)

Out, out, brief candle!
  Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
      And then is heard no more.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at V, v)


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