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Sirrah, I’ll teach thee a speech

Fool
Sirrah, I'll teach thee a speech.
King Lear
Do.
Fool
Mark it, nuncle:

Have more than thou showest.
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest,
Ride more than thou goest,
Learn more than thou trowest,
Set less than thou throwest;
Leave thy drink and thy whore
And keep in-a-door,
And thou shalt have more
Than two tens to a score.

Kent
This is nothing, Fool.
Fool
Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd lawyer.
You gave me nothing for ‘t.—Can you make no use
of nothing, nuncle?
King Lear
Why no, boy. Nothing can be made out of nothing.

Source:
Act 1
Scene 4
Line 119

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