to thine own self be true

to thine own self be true

Act authentically, in accordance with your interests, beliefs, and desires. This set phrase comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet. You don't have to be a cheerleader if you don't want to, regardless of what the popular kids say. To thine own self be true!
See also: own, true
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Polonius concludes with this familiar adage, "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.
The display will be in keeping with the theme of the 2009 parade, "Come out and play" and will feature Shakespeare's famous quote: "This above all: to thine own self be true.
It's a less graceful form of To thine own self be true.
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It pushed To Thine Own Self Be True into second place and All Journeys Begin With A First Step into third.
Top 5 sayings: 1 All You Need Is Love' 2 To Thine Own Self Be True (Polonius in Hamlet by Shakespeare)' 3 All Journeys Begin With A First Step (Confucius)' 4 Never In The Field Of Human Conflict Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few (Sir Winston Churchill)' 5 Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You (Jesus Christ).
What we are saying, in short, is to thine own self be true.
Today, Wikipedia says Polonius is "best known for uttering the immortal words, To thine own self be true.
Let's just hope that during this General Election campaign, politicians from all parties take note of words written by William Shakespeare that Sullivan is fond of quoting every time his mouth gets him into trouble: 'This above all: to thine own self be true.