“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.”

“To mourn a mischief that is past and gone
“Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
“What cannot be preserved when fortune takes,
“Patience her injury a mock’ry makes.
“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief,
“He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”

 

—  from William Shakespeare’s “Othello”

 

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