There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Hamlet
Topic philosophy supernatural
Date 1623
Language English
Reference The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act I, Scene 5
Note Written between 1599 and 1602 Hamlet line


“Well said, old mole! Canst work i' th'earth so fast?
A worthy pioner! Once more remove, good friends.
HORATIO. O day and night, but this is wondrous strange. HAMLET. And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But come,
Here, as before, never, so help you mercy, How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself,— As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on— That you, at such times seeing me, never shall,” source

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master After his father's ghost revealed to him the fact that Claudius murdered him, Hamlet asks Horatio to swear not to tell anyone about what he saw. Hamlet and Horatio being university students, he adds that there are many things that are beyond rationality, highlighting the modesty of our knowledge.
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