Quotations From Shakespeare: Hamlet

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On life and death:

“There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now; yet it will come. The readiness is all.” (Act 5. Scene 2. Lines 217-220)

 

On Acting:

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o’erstep  not the modesty of nature. For anything so o’erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold as’t were the mirror up to nature.” (Act 3. Scene 2. Lines 17-22)

 

On Fate:

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,

Rough-hew them how we will–” (Act 5. Scene 2. Lines 10-11)

 

Works Cited:

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. The Collect Works of Shakespeare 4th Edition. David

Bevington, Ed. Longman. New York. 1997.

 

 

11 thoughts on “Quotations From Shakespeare: Hamlet

  1. Berchtold Bistonnaccio

    …hmm not quite fate as we might use, i think. A divinity… that shapes our end. An inevitability, that, yet it will come (like the form, movement, of all Will’s plays: a return from an improper or unnatural form. A theatrical display or illustration of causal emergence, though he wouldn’t have used such a verbal phrase.) The fault, after all… is not in our stars but…

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