William Shakespeare quote about hypocrisy from Othello - If that the earth could teem with woman's tears, each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.
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If that the earth could teem with woman's tears, each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.
 William Shakespeare, Othello (1623). copy citation

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

Context

“I have not deserv'd this.
LODOVICO. My lord, this would not be believ'd in Venice, Though I should swear I saw't: 'tis very much. Make her amends. She weeps.
OTHELLO. O devil, devil! If that the earth could teem with woman's tears, Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile. Out of my sight!
DESDEMONA. I will not stay to offend you.
[Going.]
LODOVICO. Truly, an obedient lady. I do beseech your lordship, call her back.” source

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