a poor thing, but my own

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a poor thing, but my own

cliché Said of something belonging to, or created by one that is greatly flawed or lacking, in which one nevertheless feels pride. The phrase is a corruption of a line in Shakespeare's As You Like It: "An ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own." After six years, I finally managed to finish writing my novel. It may never be read by another living person, but I'm just happy to have made it—a poor thing, but my own. This little country of ours has its fair share of problems, but it's still home. A poor thing, perhaps, but my own.
See also: but, own, poor
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