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“To thine own self be true.”

In the first act of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” as Laertes is leaving the castle Elsinore to return to France, his father Polonius gives him a whole slew of advice – much of it good, like: keep your ears open and your mouth shut – and he punctuates the short speech with the now-famous lines, This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. I’d been re-reading “Hamlet” in order to teach it this semester,… Read more “To thine own self be true.”