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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