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Quotation by Shakespeare
Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, Brief as the lightning in the collied night, That in a spleen unfolds both heaven and earth, And, ere a man hath power to say "Behold!" The jaws of darkness do devour it up. So quick bright things come to confusion.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Lysander, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 144-9.
On the nature of human love, and life; "collied" means blackened (as with coal dust); "in a spleen" means fit of temper.
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