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we know what we are, but know not what we may be.
 William ShakespeareHamlet (1623). copy citation

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1623
Language
English
Reference
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act IV, Scene 5
Note
Ophelia line Written between 1599 and 1602
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Kwize Master This sentence is spoken by Ophelia as she is disoriented by Hamlet's attitude and finds herself in a fragile state of mind. She states that if we can understand what we are in the present moment, it is not possible to anticipate the future and know what we will become.
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