therein lies the rub
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Misquotation from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
- That is where the problem is.
- I tried to back up my database to a USB flash drive - but therein lies the rub - it isn't big enough.
- 1594, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
- "Devoutly to be wish'd.
- To die, to sleep;
- To sleep: perchance to dream
- ay, there's the rub
- For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
- When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
- Must give us pause: there's the respect
- That makes calamity of so long life;