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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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  • This is for all,— I would not, in plain terms, from this time forth Have you so slander any moment leisure As to give words or talk with the Lord Hamlet.
  • Slanders, sir: for the satirical slave says here that old men have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum; and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams: all which, sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down; for you yourself, sir, should be old as I am, if, like a crab, you could go backward.
  • ] Come, Gertrude, we’ll call up our wisest friends; And let them know both what we mean to do And what’s untimely done: so haply slander,— Whose whisper o’er the world’s diameter, As level as the cannon to his blank, Transports his poison’d shot,—may miss our name, And hit the woundless air.

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  • In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
  • Check your sources or you could be sued for slander.

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