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What does Shakespeare's to thine own self be true mean?

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The phrase is spoken by Polonius in Hamlet. It means "Do not deceive yourself". To deceive yourself (kid yourself, lie to yourself) is sometimes easier than deceiving other people.

The full quote is: to thine own self be true,and it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man

This says that so long as you do not deceive yourself then you will not be tempted to deceive other people.

this is bullcrap

There is a shade of difference between not being true to oneself and deceiving oneself.

As Polonius is so full of words, it is natural that the things he says be considered 'just a lot of words'. Polonius might not know the depth of his own words but Shakespeare did and it is upto us to get to it.

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