"There are more things in
heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE / Hamlet Act 1. Scene V abt. 1601
Hamlet speaks these lines to his friend Horatio. The sentries who keep night watch over the castle at Elsinore have seen an apparition of the ghost of the late king of Denmark, Hamlet's father. Although Horatio pleads with the ghost to speak to them, it refuses and disappears at morning light. Horatio tells Hamlet about it the next night, believing that the ghost will only speak with his son. Hamlet goes off with the ghost, where he learns that his father was murdered by his own brother, Claudius, who has now taken the crown for himself. When Hamlet returns to Horatio, who expresses his bewilderment over the apparition, Hamlet points out that ghosts speaking, and brothers murdering, and wives remarrying may exist outside the moral framework of the average man .but that these things occur in the real world.
source: http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/275 12mar2006
The "Chandos" portrait of Shakespeare above is attributed to Joseph Taylor date unknown is believed to have been commissioned by the playwright and theatre manager William Davenant (16061668). It once belonged to the Duke of Chandos and is the most attractive of the pictures of Shakespeare. It is typical of English paintings, portraits and costumes of the period. The Chandos portrait has, however, been altered by Ozias Humphrey and Sir Joshua Reynolds. It was the first picture bought by Britain's National Portrait Gallery in 1856.