William Shakespeare quote about grief from Antony and Cleopatra - The tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.
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The tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.
 William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Antony and Cleopatra
Topic grief crying pretending
Date 1623
Language English
Reference Antony and Cleopatra, Act I, Scene 2
Note Written between 1603 and 1607 Enobarbus line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1534/pg1534-images.html

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master While Antony has just announced to his loyal support Enobarbus that his wife Fulvia has just died, he replies cynically enough that Fulvia is not the last woman on earth. Thus, Enobarbus tells Antony that when a man loses his wife, he can comfort himself by thinking of those who can replace her, comparing this to a change of clothing. He concludes by saying that the tears that an onion can cause should be enough to soothe this grief.
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