Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt.
 William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Measure for Measure
Topic doubt fear good attempt
Date 1623
Language English
Reference Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 4
Note Written between 1603 and 1604 Lucio line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23045/23045-h/23045-h.htm

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master While Angelo has sentenced Claudio to death, Lucio is trying to convince his sister Isabella to intercede with the judge to save his friend. He argues that our doubts and hesitations can make us fail simply by preventing us from trying something, and must therefore be seen as our enemies.
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