What  Shakespearean play is this line from: "There is providence in a sparrow..........."I s it from Romeo and  Juliet?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first answer quite correctly points out that this is a line from Hamlet and not from Romeo and Juliet.  It comes from Act V, Scene 2.  It is spoken by the title character himself.

The first answerer is correct in his interpretation of what the line is about.  It is spoken by Hamlet just before he is to fight (with swords) against Laertes.  Hamlet is speaking to Horatio.  Horatio is trying to persuade Hamlet not to go through with the fight because Laertes is such a good fighter.

Here's the whole quote.

Not a whit, we defy augury; there's a special providence in
the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be
not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: 3855
the readiness is all. Since no man knows aught of what he leaves,
what is't to leave betimes? Let be.

gesarmor | Student

"There is providence in the fall of a sparrow"

This line is from Hamlet who is musing on the influence of fate on the timing of events in order to abnegate his personal responsibility. The quote ends "...timing is all" I haven't a book handy so I can't give you a reference.