William Shakespeare quote about will from Othello - Our bodies are gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners;
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Our bodies are gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners;
 William Shakespeare, Othello (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Othello
Topic will body garden
Date 1623
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1601 and 1604
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1531/1531-h/1531-h.htm

Context

“Ere I would say I would drown myself for the love of a guinea-hen, I would change my humanity with a baboon.
RODERIGO. What should I do? I confess it is my shame to be so fond, but it is not in my virtue to amend it.
IAGO. Virtue! a fig! 'Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.” source

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