Quotation by Shakespeare

To be worst,
The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune,
Stands still in esperance, lives not in fear.
The lamentable change is from the best;
The worst returns to laughter. Welcome, then,
Thou unsubstantial air that I embrace!
The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst
Owes nothing to thy blasts.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet. King Lear (IV, i).

"Esperance" means hope; alluding to the proverb, "when things are at the worst they will mend". OHFP. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.
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