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Quotation by Shakespeare
But something may be done that we will not,
And sometimes we are devils to ourselves,
When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,
Presuming on their changeful potency.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act 4, sc. 4, l. 94-7.
Anxious about Cressida's promise to be faithful to him; "changeful potency" = unstable strength.
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