"Out, out brief candle"

A quote from possibly the most famous passage of Shakespeare's tragic play, Macbeth:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

To the last syllable of recorded time;

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Act V; Scene 5

Bronze of Shakespeare Verona, Italy
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, UKĀ  (1564-1616) and is known as one of the greatest writers in the English language. His surviving works include 38 plays, 154 sonnets and several poems.