Thieves for their robbery have authority when judges steal themselves.
 William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Measure for Measure
Topic justice judgement theft
Date 1623
Language English
Note Written between 1603 and 1604


“O, fie, fie, fie!
What dost thou, or what art thou, Angelo? Dost thou desire her foully for those things II. 2.
175 That make her good? O, let her brother live:
Thieves for their robbery have authority When judges steal themselves. What, do I love her,
That I desire to hear her speak again, And feast upon her eyes? What is't I dream on?
180 O cunning enemy, that, to catch a saint, With saints dost bait thy hook! Most dangerous” source

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