But, you must know, your father lost a father;
That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound
In filial obligation for some term
To do obsequious sorrow: but to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious stubbornness;

from William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2 on Rap Genius

Meaning

Claudius reminds Hamlet that his father, and all fathers before him, lost their own fathers and mourned them (for the appropriate time period). To mourn as long and as deeply as Hamlet has, however, is something Claudius and many others not only consider inappropriate and unreasonable.

In modern parlance: “Life’s a bitch, then you die…get over it.”

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