William Shakespeare quote about life from Othello - It is silliness to live when to live is torment; and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.
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It is silliness to live when to live is torment; and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.
 William Shakespeare, Othello (1623). copy citation

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

Context

“Why, go to bed and sleep.
RODERIGO. I will incontinently drown myself.
IAGO. If thou dost, I shall never love thee after. Why, thou silly gentleman!
RODERIGO. It is silliness to live, when to live is torment; and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.
IAGO. O villainous! I have looked upon the world for four times seven years, and since I could distinguish betwixt a benefit and an injury, I never found man that knew how to love himself. Ere I would say I would drown myself for the love of a guinea-hen, I would change my humanity with a baboon.” source

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