Was it Shakespeare who said in one of his plays:  "First thing; we kill all the lawyers"?

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The quote, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," appears in Part II of Shakespeare's three-part play Henry VI. The context of the quote is Cade's rise to power. The quote, spoken by Dick, a butcher with no other part in the play, displays his concept of utopia--suggesting that he believes lawyers are part of the reason that the world suffers and therefore that Jack Cade should become ruler of the semi-communist world the latter envisions. This scene instigates thoughts of revolution in the minds of the characters attending and the reader, and also allows Shakespeare to use his trademark dark humor and wit.