"One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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.

. . .
Perseverance, dear my lord,
Keeps honour bright; to have done, is to hang
Quite 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.
. . .