To Thine Own Self Be True

Shakespeare is possibly my favorite author. His style, the meter of his writing, and his insight into human nature are unparalleled. In Hamlet, Polonius is talking to his son Laertes, giving him advice, and this is what he says, in part,

“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 read this when I was in college, and it has remained with me ever since. Of course, the self has changed and grown since then, but usually out of a sense that self could be more, do more, have more. The “true” part is about searching within for what feels and is right for me. And needless to say, though this is father talking to son, it’s good advice for women too.

The part that Shakespeare doesn’t say, which goes without saying, perhaps, is that usually it takes some courage to be true to yourself. The reason is that being true to yourself often flies in the face of what other people think or what “conventional wisdom” would dictate. It requires a certain stubbornness and clarity of mind and heart. If that were not true, no one would need to give such advice.

One thing for sure, it’s not the path of least resistance.


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