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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
 William ShakespeareTwelfth Night (1623). copy citation

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1623
Language
English
Reference
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Act II, Scene 5
Note
Malvolio line Written between 1601 and 1602
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Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master Maria wrote a letter to Malvolio, Olivia's steward, to make fun of him by having him believe that Olivia loves him. Thus, the alleged Olivia tells him in this letter that he must not be afraid of their different social status, because if some were born in greatness, others reach greatness through their efforts and others, finally, experience greatness because of opportune circumstances.
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