The breaking of so great a thing should make a greater crack: the round world should have shook lions into civil streets, and citizens to their dens.
 William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Antony and Cleopatra
Topic death greatness crack
Date 1623
Language English
Reference Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, Scene 1
Note Written between 1603 and 1607 Caesar line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master Caesar pronounces this sentence when he is told of Antony's suicide. Octavius, finding this news difficult to believe, explains that the death of Antony, if it had been proved, should have caused very spectacular events, echoing the personality of the great man.
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