Quote by William Shakespeare
Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?
This quote from Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is spoken by Polonius, a character notorious for his deceptive and manipulative nature. He suggests that everyone should be treated according to what they deserve; so if they act inappropriately, they should face consequences. The wordplay on "desert" (which means both "reward" and "deserve") implies that those who are deserving of punishment should not be able to escape it. With this quote, Shakespeare explores the theme of justice and the notion that actions have consequences that should be aligned with a person's behavior and character.