"O when degree ..." Quote of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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O, when degree is shaked, Which is the ladder to all high designs, The enterprise is sick.

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 1, sc. 3, l. 101-3. By "degree" he means hierarchy, the relative positions of people on a social scale; "enterprise" = social or political project, here the Trojan war.
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