I confess myself utterly unable to appreciate that celebrated soliloquy in Hamlet, beginning ‘To be or not to be,’ or to tell whether it be good, bad, or indifferent, it has been so handled and pawed about by declamatory boys and men, and torn so inhumanly from its living place and principle of continuity in the play, till it is become to me a perfect dead member.
Charles Lamb, On the Tragedies of Shakespeare, in Selected Prose, Penguin, London. 1985. p. 47.

Declamatory boys and men include quasi-mathematicians.

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