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Quotation by Shakespeare
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man,
That function is smothered in surmise,
And nothing is but what is not.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Macbeth, in Macbeth, act 1, sc. 3, l. 139-42.
What he imagines overwhelms his ability to act ("function"), and nothing exists for him but the thought of murder; "fantastical" means imaginary.
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