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Quotation by Shakespeare
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god—the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 304-8 (1604).
"And yet to me," Hamlet adds, "what is this quintessence of dust?" The passage was set to music in the 1968 stage show Hair.
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