"One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin"
Context: The Trojan War is in its eighth year. Achilles, champion of the Greeks and drunk with his own fame, is insubordinate and unco-operative, and renders the Greek effort ineffective. He remains in his tent, mocking the efforts of his fellow generals. A challenge to individual combat arrives from Hector, the Trojan champion. Although the generals know it is really intended for Achilles, they decide to send dull-witted Ajax to fight Hector, and thus spite Achilles. Stung, Achilles questions wise Ulysses, one of the Greek princes, as to why he is treated thus. Ulysses gives him a little lecture on the flightiness of fame and reputation.
ULYSSES. . .Perseverance, dear my lord,Keeps honour bright; to have done, is to hangQuite out of fashion, . . .If you give way,Or hedge aside from the direct forthright,Like to an entered tide they all rush by,And leave you hindmost.. . .One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,That all with one consent praise new born gawds,. . .The present eye praises the present object.. . .Since things in motion sooner catch the eye,Than what stirs not.. . .