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Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy

January 27, 2012
Here is the granddaddy of all soliloquies, from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet" (1594).
noble
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.
fortune
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.
heir
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.
consummation
'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.
mortal
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.
calamity
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.
scorn
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
pang
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
despise
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
insolence
The insolence of office,
spurn
...the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
merit
...the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
weary
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
dread
But that the dread of something after death,
conscience
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
native
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
hue
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
resolution
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
enterprise
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
awry
With this regard their currents turn awry
nymph
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.
orison
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

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