"What's Yours Is Mine, And All Mine Is Yours"

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Last Updated on January 19, 2017, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 148

Context: The maxims in regard to friendship are many and ancient. Shakespeare, who certainly had some familiarity with Latin, copies this one word for word in Measure for Measure, an appropriate apothegm to the theme of the play. In the original, however, the young man who says it is really using his sententious father's own words to get his way. In our time, with our penchant for satirizing serious quotations, the saying in regard to the double standard in marriage is "What's yours is mine and what's mine's my own."

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There's a young man here of noble family, a friend and companion of mine, who hasn't managed his affairs with much care and caution, father; I want to do him a favor, if you have no objection.
PHILTO (ironically)
Out of your own funds, I suppose?
Of course; for what's yours is mine, and all mine is yours.

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