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  • To be, or not to be:

  • that is the question:

  • Whethertis 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.

To be, or not to be:

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    FredGTX posted on 2015/02/27
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