Virtues are written in water: Shakespeare For You

🎭Men’s evil manners live in brass. Their virtues

We write in water.

—Griffith, Henry VIII, 4-2

He was talking to the Princess Dowager Katherine of her son Cardinal Wolsey, how he died. Griffith says people never forget the bad parts of a character, but the good part we forget after write it in tears at the funeral.

Actually, Shakespeare makes Mark Antony speak the exact opposite in Julius Caesar. Interesting.