English German French
William Shakespeare

Quote of William Shakespeare - To be, or not to be...

Biography - William Shakespeare:

English poet, playwright and actor.
Born: 1564 - Died: 1616
17th century
16th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
United Kingdom

To be, or not to be, that is the question.



To be, or not to be, that is the question:
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?

Quote source: The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Wikisource - The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark/Act 3 (en) 

Internet Archive - Comedies, histoires, and tragedies, faithfully reproduced in facsimile from the edition of 1623 by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 (en) 

To be, or not to be, that is the question.

info  Background photo by Ilkka Kärkkäinen on Unsplash



(German, French, Spanish, Italian)

Sein oder Nichtsein, das ist hier die Frage.

Être ou ne pas être : telle est la question.

Ser o no ser, esa es la cuestión.

Essere o non essere, questo è il problema.

See also 

See also...

And wisdom in life is perhaps to ask for anything, why?

Why are there beings at all, and why not rather nothing? That is the question.

Our place is somewhere between being and nonbeing — between two fictions.

Some things are hastening to be, others to have come and gone, and a part of what is coming into being is already extinct.

Quotes for: doubt


Quotes about doubt:

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.

When in doubt, follow the suit of the wise and prudent.

But the most beautiful of all doubts
Is when the downtrodden and despondent raise their heads and
Stop believing in the strength
Of their oppressors.

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Quotes for: question


Quotes for: question

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.

Charm is a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question.

When I had all the answers, the questions changed.

Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.

Quotes for: to be


Quotes for "to be" or about being:

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.

Become who you are!

I also am other than what I imagine myself to be. To know this is forgiveness.

I think, therefore I am.

Language is the house of the truth of Being.


William Shakespeare also said...

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

What's done cannot be undone.

Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

Meet the time as it seeks us.

info   A quotation is a statement taken out of its context. Therefore, it is necessary to place any quotation within its author's work and its historical, geographical or philosophical context in order to fully understand its meaning. | The quotations stated on this site express their authors' opinion and do not reflect that of Buboquote.com

info   Image attribution:  title, author, license and source of the original file on Wikipedia. Modifications: changes have been made from the original file (cropping, resizing, renaming and color change).


 Subscribe to the quote of the day email

Subscribe to the Quote of the Day to receive a quote every day in your inbox. It is spam-free and you can unsubscribe at any time. Subscribe to the quote of the day email