To be, or not to be, that is the question
Question? What question?
"To be, or not to be, that is the question" is a super duper famous quotation from the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare sometime around the 17th century. It's possibly even the best-known line from all literature.
What's your opinion? To be, or not to be?
Picture on the left:
"The American actor Edwin Booth as Hamlet, ca. 1870"
To be, or not to be?
The quotation "To be, or not to be, that is the question" is from the play Hamlet's act three, scene one. It goes like this:
"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? To die, to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub:
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.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of disprized love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered."
Well, what does the quotation mean? According to The Phrase Finder, it simply means this:
Is it better to live or to die?
Cogito, ergo sum
René Descartes, quite a famous French philosopher born in the 16th century, once said:
“Cogito, ergo sum.”It's Latin and means
“I think, therefore I am.”
But in the other hand, Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual teacher, says that in order to think, you need to be conscious, but in order to be conscious, you don't need to think.
To be, or not to be - that really is the question!
To be, or not to be?
To Nom, or not to Nom? - That is the question