Quotation by Shakespeare

The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet, dramatist. Celia, in As You Like It, act 1, sc. 2, l. 52-3 (1623).

Shakespeare was possibly making a punning reference to The Whetstone of Witte—a famous treatise on algebra by Robert Recorde published in 1557. The book's title was a literal translation of Cos Ingenii (cos being the Latin for "whetstone," while Coss or the Cossic Art was also the old name for algebra).
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