Quotation by Shakespeare

Thoughts tending to content flatter themselves
That they are not the first of fortune's slaves,
Nor shall not be the last, like silly beggars
Who, sitting in the stocks, refuge their shame
That many have and others must sit there,
And in this thought they find a kind of ease.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. King Richard, in Richard II, act 5, sc. 5, l. 23-8.

Meditating in prison; "silly" means simple; "refuge" means rationalize their humiliation.
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