Quotation by Shakespeare

Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 22-5.

On Antonio's business ventures, his goods sent off on various ships; the heavy-handed joke on "pi-rats" marks Shylock's odd sense of humor.
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