>To Thine Own Self Be True – Sept 24, 1985

>This was a preassigned topic in my English class writing journal.  The famous line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet was written on the chalkboard when we walked in that morning. We were given 15minutes to write what we thought that quote meant and then traded notebooks with our neighbor.

I think that means that a person should set his own principles and standards. Then he should follow them.

It could also mean that you should only look out for yourself – no one else.

I am starting to set up principles concerning things like dating, friends, cheating, what I will and will not do but it is hard.

You know, it’s hard to be true to yourself when sometimes you don’t even know who you are. {the teacher wrote in red a note here: Right! My kid feels like you do!}

P.S. This is a dumb topic.

response from Jack –

Liz, uh! I think you are like FEAKING OUT! Go home and rest awhile O.K.? You didn’t get enough sleep last night right? So try it again!

My response back to him –

I never can say or write what it is I’m trying to say and get it to make sense.

Of course there is more to the line than just that little bit. So what do you think Shakespeare meant?

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.
Farewell, my blessing season, this in thee!


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