more honored in the breach than the observance love

more honored in the breach than the observance

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  • Often misconstrued to mean a good custom that is much flouted, rather than the original meaning of a bad custom that one would do well to dishonor.

    From Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, scene 4: "But to my mind, though I am native here / And to the manner born, it is a custom / More honour'd in the breach than the observance." (Wiktionary)

    June 21, 2015