Where can I find the quote "Get thee hence to a nunnery for thy face is a vile thing."  I am sure it is Shakespeare but can't track it down.

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This famous quote by its author William Shakespeare follows on the heels of one of his most famous soliloquies. It appears in Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have just reported to King Claudius concerning Hamlet's emotional status. The King also bids Gertrude to avoid Hamlet, who begins his famous soliloquy, "To be or not to be." When Hamlet discovers Ophelia, he asks her to pray for him. He denies that he has given "words of sweet breath," and then tells her:

Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me: I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven? We are arrant knaves, all; believe none of us. Go thy ways to a nunnery. Where's your father?

Hamlet denounces marriage and leaves Ophelia alone, wondering if Hamlet has indeed gone insane.