Hamlet (excerpts): To be or not to be, that is the question

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To be or not to be, that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous Fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd by opposing end them. To die, to sleep .-No more. And by a sleep, to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousand natural shocksThat flesh is heir to; 'tis a consummationDevoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep .-To sleep, perchance to dream .- aye, there's the rub:For in that sleep of death, what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coilMust give us pause. There's the respectThat makes calamity of so long life:For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,The oppressor's wrong, the poor man's contumely,The pangs of disprized love, the law's delay,The insolence of office, and the spurnsThat patient merit of the unworthy takesWhen he himself might his quietus makeWith a bare bodkin? Who would these fardels bear,To grunt and sweat under a weary life,But that the dread of something after death,The undiscovered country, from whose bournNo traveller returns, puzzles the willAnd makes us rather bear those ills we haveThan fly to others that we know not of?Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,And thus the native hue of resolutionIs sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,And enterprises of great pith and momentWith this regard their currents turn away,And lose the name of action.

© William Shakespeare