Quotation by Shakespeare

Were it good
To set the exact wealth of all our states
All at one cast? to set so rich a main
On the nice hazard of one doubtful hour?
It were not good.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l. 45-9.

Convincing himself it is as well to keep the forces of his father, who pleads sickness, in reserve; "exact wealth of all our states" means whole of our resources; "main" means stake; "nice hazard" means tricky gamble.
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