But to my mind, – though I am native here
And to the manner born, – it is a custom
More honour’d in the breach than the observance.
– William Shakespeare
Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 4. The custom of the Danes drinking too much wine would be more honored by quitting it altogether, observes Hamlet. He says this as Claudius stays up all night partying, carousing and dancing. The passage is suggestive of an atmosphere of corruption lingering over the royal palace of Elsinore.