Polonius’ Advice


Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion’d thoughts his act, Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. Those friends thou blast, and their adoption tried, Grapples them to thy soul with hoops of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-batch’d unfledged comrade. Be ware. Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in, Bear’d that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgement. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man, And they in France of the best rank and station Are of a most select and generous choice in that. Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all: to thine own self ne true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare

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