Quotation by Shakespeare

I'll break my staff,
Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,
And deeper than did ever plummet sound
I'll drown my book.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Prospero, in The Tempest, act 5, sc. 1, l. 54-7.

Abandoning his magic powers by discarding his staff and book; "plummet" means plumbline, a line weighted with lead to measure depth.
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