Quotation by Shakespeare

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool,
And to do that well craves a kind of wit.
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
Not, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice
As full of labor as a wise man's art.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Viola, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 1, l. 60-6.

Recognizing that the Fool (Feste) may be wise; "quality" means rank or nature; a "haggard" was an untrained hawk.
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