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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 ShakespeareAntony and Cleopatra (1623). copy citation

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1623
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English
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Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, Scene 1
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Written between 1603 and 1607 Caesar line
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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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