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What is the meaning of 'to thine own self be true'?


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Answered 2010-11-18 15:19:18

To the modern ear it means that you are healthier and happier when you act according to your own personal convictions and beliefs rather than acting to please others. This is a nice sentiment, but much harder to do than to say. Life is filled with compromizes, and we have to follow many rules and conventions that we may not agree with. As issues become more and more crucial, we have to decide how much ground we are willing to give. In life and death situations, the persons are rare who are willing to put their lives at risk in support of a deeply held conviction.

Thinking about it in this way, Shakespeare's use of the line in Polonius' advice to Laertes [Hamlet] is richly ironic. Polonius has more in mind that being 'true' is being devoted to one's self-interests, in sharp contrast to the more idealistic interpretation above. So being 'true' may in fact involve acting in ways to please others, if doing so advances one's own goals or status.

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