What is a man,Hamlet, Act 4
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.
Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and god-like reason
To fust in us unused. Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on the event,
A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward, I do not know
Why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do;’
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
What is a man…
7 responses to “What is a man…”
I’m a sucker for Hamlets soliloquy , Act 3, Scene 1 – ‘To be or not to be…..’ Brilliant. Shakespeare was definitely genius. Only seen one of his plays on stage (Romeo & Juliet) which was spellbinding but enjoyed quite a few of the movie adaptations too. One day [grin] I’ll actually get around to *reading* his plays!
BTW – You might be interested in: This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright by Emma Smith. I haven’t read it (yet) but I added it to my Wish List a while back..