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Though this be madness, yet there is method in it

Meaning

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareReason behind apparent folly or disorder.

Origin

This line derives from Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1602:

LORD POLONIUS [Aside]:
Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't. Will you walk out of the air, my lord?

The colloquial version is 'there's method in his madness'.

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