50 Quotes From Classic Books You Should Recognize

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These classic quotes will remind the reader of some of their favorite novels or authors. They might also be appetizers to encourage people to read a book they have probably heard about but never got around to reading. In all events a glimpse into the thoughts of some of our greatest English writers is bound to be illuminating.

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.”

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William Shakespeare is probably the best known international literary figure and Hamlet one of his most popular plays. The skull scene is often parodied but do you know the impressive address Hamlet says while holding the skull?

Hamlet says “Let me see.” Then, in one of the most famous scenes in theatrical history he takes the skull and delivers the follow address:

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come; make her laugh at that. Prithee, Horatio, tell
me one thing..”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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