"Is wretchedness deprived ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Is wretchedness deprived that benefit To end itself by death? 'Twas yet some comfort When misery could beguile the tyrant's rage And frustrate his proud will.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 4, sc. 6, l. 61-4. Stoics like Seneca defended suicide as a way to cheat "beguile" the enmity of tyrants like Nero in ancient Rome.
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