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Quotation by Shakespeare
The elephant hath joints, but none for courtesy; his legs are legs for necessity, not for flexure.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Ulysses, in Troilus and Cressida, act 2, sc. 3, l. 105-6.
"flexure" = bending; elephants were thought to have no joints in their knees. Ulysses refers to Achilles, who will not bend or show courtesy to the other Greek leaders.
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