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159 "more honoured in the breach than the observance" (Phrase origins - alt.usage.english)




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This article is from the alt.usage.english FAQ, by Mark Israel misrael@scripps.edu with numerous contributions by others.

159 "more honoured in the breach than the observance" (Phrase origins - alt.usage.english)


From "Hamlet", Act 1, Scene 4. Shakespeare meant "BETTER broken
than observed", not "more often broken than observed".

 

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