Quotation by Shakespeare

Though we lay these honors on this man
To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,
He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,
To groan and sweat under the business,
Either led or driven as we point the way.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Antony, in Julius Caesar, act 4, sc. 1, l. 19-23.

Speaking of Lepidus; Octavius and Antony plan to make him responsible for what they may be accused of ("slanderous loads").
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