William Shakespeare quote about life from King Lear - Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all?
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Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all?
 William Shakespeare, King Lear (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source King Lear
Topic life inequity unfairness
Date 1623
Language English
Reference
Note Written between 1603 and 1606
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Context

“All friends shall taste
The wages of their virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings.- O, see, see!
Lear. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life!
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more,
Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you undo this button. Thank you, sir.
Do you see this? Look on her! Look! her lips!” source

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