Quotation by Shakespeare

Let Rome in Tiber melt and the wide arch
Of the ranged empire fall! Here is my space.
Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alike
Feeds beast as man. The nobleness of life
Is to do thus; when such a mutual pair
And such a twain can do 't, in which I bind,
On pain of punishment, the world to weet
We stand up peerless.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet. Antony and Cleopatra (I, i).

Putting love before empire; already signalling what leads to Antony's downfall. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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