William Shakespeare quote about darkness from Hamlet - The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
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The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Hamlet
Topic darkness dream ambition
Date 1623
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1599 and 1602
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1524/1524-h/1524-h.htm

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“Why, then your ambition makes it one; 'tis too narrow for your mind. HAMLET. O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. GUILDENSTERN. Which dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. HAMLET. A dream itself is but a shadow. ROSENCRANTZ. Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow's shadow. HAMLET. Then are our beggars bodies, and our monarchs and outstretch'd heroes the beggars' shadows.” source

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