“Oh, internet, thou art an evil, foul-mouthed wench!”
There was a quote, popped up on social media, and I recognized part of the quote, but something was missing.
As it appeared on Social Media:
“It’s one thing to be tempted,
Another thing to fall.”
Measure for Measure
There’s a weird theme of corrupt polticians, hyperbole, and contradiction that runs through the play that quote’s drawn from, Measure for Measure. Shakespeare’s Italianate version of “Sex, Lies, and Videotapes.”
I rarely believe, or, for that matter, fact-check vile material spewed on the inter-webs. But a quote from Shakespeare that I “sort of” recognize?
‘Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus,
Another thing to fall.
Angelo in Shakespeare’s
Measure for Measure (II.i.17-18)
If one is going to try and quote Shakespeare in permanent meme? Best to get that quote correct. In context makes it way funnier, in a bleak way. Never said I was right in the head.