Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I have perhaps some shallow spirit of judgment,
But in these nice sharp quillets of the law,
Good faith, I am no wiser than a daw.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Warwick, in Henry VI, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 17-8.
"Sharp quillets" means nice distinctions; a daw is a jackdaw, proverbial for foolishness.