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Quotation by Shakespeare
Duke (in disguise). I pray you, sir, of what disposition was the Duke?
Escalus. One that, above all other strifes, contended especially to know himself.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Duke and Escalus, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 2, l. 230-3.
To know oneself was to know how to balance understanding against the will and the senses; "strifes" means efforts, endeavors.
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