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William Shakespeare – Essere o non essere (Monologo di Amleto)/ To be or not to be (Hamlet Monologue)

Luigi Russolo, Self-portrait with skulls, 1909 To be, or not to be: that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe 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 endThe heart-ache …

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Thomas Hobbes – The Elements of Law, Natural and Politic

Christian Vincent, Waterfall, 2010  But this race we must suppose to have no other goal, nor other garland, but being foremost, and in it:To endeavour, is appetite.To be remiss, is sensuality.To consider them behind, is glory.To consider them before, is humility.To lose ground with looking back, vain glory.To be holden, hatred.To turn back, repentance.To be …

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Emil Cioran

Giorgione, The Three Philosophers, c. 1506 Everything exists; nothing exists. Either formula affords a like serenity. The man of anxiety, to his misfortune, remains between them, trembling and perplexed, forever at the mercy of a nuance, incapable of gaining a foothold in the security of being or in the absence of being. Tutto è; niente …

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