Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety'?
Shakespeare has his character Enobarbus give the opinion that Anthony will never become bored with Cleopatra and that she grows more attractive to him as she ages.
The expression is used, sometimes ironically, to express one's devotion to a lover.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety'?
From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, 1606:
Never; he will not:
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety: other women cloy
The appetites they feed: but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies; for vilest things
Become themselves in her: that the holy priests
Bless her when she is riggish.
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