by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by François-Victor Hugo (1828 - 1873)

This is the excellent foppery of the...
Language: English 
This is the excellent foppery of the world,
that, when we are sick in fortune,
-- often the surfeitof our own behavior, --
we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars;
as if we were villains by necessity;
fools by heavenly compulsion;
knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance;
drunkards, liars, and adulterers,
by an enforced obedience of planetary influence;
and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on:
an admirable evasion of whoremaster man,
to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!

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C’est bien là l’excellente fatuité des...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
C’est bien là l’excellente fatuité des hommes.
Quand notre fortune est malade,
souvent par suite des excès de notre propre conduite,
nous faisons responsables de nos désastres le soleil, la lune et les étoiles :
comme si nous étions scélérats par nécessité,
imbéciles par compulsion céleste,
fourbes, voleurs et traîtres par la prédominance des sphères,
ivrognes, menteurs et adultères
par obéissance forcée à l’influence planétaire,
et coupables en tout par violence divine !
Admirable subterfuge de l’homme putassier :
mettre ses instincts de bouc à la charge des étoiles !

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