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Re: Phrase: "There is more in heaven and earth than you philosophers..."

Posted by Bob on December 21, 2000

In Reply to: Phrase: "There is more in heaven and earth than you philosophers..." posted by Patty on December 21, 2000

: There is a phrase (a quote, I suppose) that goes something like "There is more in heaven and earth than you philosophers will ever know." Does anyone know the phrase? Where it comes from or who wrote it? What it was intended to mean in the original context?

: Thanks. - Patty

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5

Hamlet has had a few shocks to his system: he (thinks he) saw the ghost of his father, who gave him some shocking news about his mother and stepfather... and he's reeling. His fellow college student Horatio has not been exposed to such troubling and supernatural forces....