Quotation by Shakespeare

To die, to sleep—
No more, and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache 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.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 62-70 (1604).

Part of Hamlet's meditative soliloquy on the question of "To be, or not to be." Sleep was proverbially the image of death; "rub" means snag (a term from the game of bowls); "coil" means turmoil.
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