William Shakespeare quote about youth from Hamlet - They say an old man is twice a child.
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They say an old man is twice a child.
 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Hamlet
Topic youth senility
Date 1623
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1599 and 1602
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1524/1524-h/1524-h.htm

Context

“Enter Polonius. Polonius. Well be with you, gentlemen. HAMLET. Hark you, Guildenstern, and you too, at each ear a hearer. That great baby you see there is not yet out of his swaddling clouts.
ROSENCRANTZ. Happily he's the second time come to them; for they say an old man is twice a child. HAMLET. I will prophesy he comes to tell me of the players. Mark it.—You say right, sir: for a Monday morning 'twas so indeed.
Polonius. My lord, I have news to tell you. HAMLET. My lord, I have news to tell you.” source

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