To Thine Own Self Be True

Shakespeare’s Version

Yet here, Laertes! Aboard, aboard for shame! The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail, and you are stay'd for. There ... my blessing with thee! And these few precepts in thy memory


Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportion'd thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel; but do not dull thy palm with entertainment of each new-hatch'd, unfledged comrade.


Beware of entrance to a quarrel but, being in, bear't that th' 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 chief 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 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!

~~ William Shakespeare


Midas Jones’ Version

Get on with your plans, dear Reader!




There are things that need being done so your life will be what you want it to be. Life is short and there is no time to waste! I want you to achieve your ambitions, so let me leave you with these few thoughts to consider.



Think before you speak. If the situation is important, then think long and hard before speaking or acting. Be civil and polite to everyone, but don’t be gushy or phony. Take good care of your good and loyal friends, but don’t waste time with people who are not worth your time.


Avoid a fight when it can be avoided, but do not hold back if it cannot. Make those who oppose you regret their opposition.


Listen carefully to everyone, even to criticism. A yapping mouth unknowingly blurts out secrets. Be careful of what you reveal of yourself.



Do not spend more than you can afford. Be rich in your tastes, but not showy. Some people will judge you by your looks. These may be the people whose cooperation you need. Don’t borrow and seldom lend. If a debt is not paid, then a friend will have been lost. Manage your resources well, so that you do not have to depend on others.


Most of all, remember this: Be True to Your Own Nature. Only you can live your own life. No one else feels your pain or joy. There is no pleasure in living for others. Do not purchase the happiness of others by sacrificing your own.


I hope you think about these things. Good Luck

~~ Midas Jones


Midas Jones
Promoting Better Living Through Machiavellianism


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