Quotation by Shakespeare

O, this life
Is nobler than attending for a check;
Richer than doing nothing for a bauble;
Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Belarius, in Cymbeline, act 3, sc. 3, l. 21-4.

Contrasting a simple country life with life at the king's court; "attending for a check" means doing service only for a rebuke.
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