William Shakespeare quote about honesty from Antony and Cleopatra - Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news: give to a gracious message an host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell themselves when they be felt.
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Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news: give to a gracious message an host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell themselves when they be felt.
 William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Antony and Cleopatra
Topic honesty bad news
Date 1623
Language English
Reference Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene 5
Note Written between 1603 and 1607 Cleopatra line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1534/pg1534-images.html

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master After Antony agreed to marry Caesar's sister, Octavia, to strengthen their political alliance, a messenger from Italy brings this news to Cleopatra. She then gets angry at him, threatening to kill him if he confirms this odious information. After calming down, Cleopatra tells him that if it is more honest to report bad news, it is better to let the unfortunate events make themselves known.
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