Neither a borrower nor a lender be shakespeare

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Quote by William Shakespeare: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan of...”

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Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

Perhaps he loves you now, And now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch The virtue of his will: but you must fear, His greatness weigh'd, his will is not his own; For he himself is subject to his birth: He may not, as unvalued persons do, Carve for himself; for on his choice depends The safety and health of this whole state; And therefore must his choice be circumscribed Unto the voice and yielding of that body Whereof he is the head. Then if he says he loves you, It fits your wisdom so far to believe it As he in his particular act and place May give his saying deed; which is no further Than the main voice of Denmark goes withal. Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain, If with too credent ear you list his songs, Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open To his unmaster'd importunity. Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister, And keep you in the rear of your affection, Out of the shot and danger of desire. The chariest maid is prodigal enough, If she unmask her beauty to the moon: Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes: The canker galls the infants of the spring, Too oft before their buttons be disclosed, And in the morn and liquid dew of youth Contagious blastments are most imminent. Be wary then; best safety lies in fear: Youth to itself rebels, though none else near. But, good my brother, Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven; Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, And recks not his own rede.

Hamlet by: William Shakespeare. Act 1 Scene 3. Aboard, aboard, for shame! And you are stayed for. There, my blessing with thee.

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The character Polonius counsels his son Laertes before he embarks on his visit to Paris. If you lend, he will avoid paying back, and if you borrow you will fall out of your savings, as you turn into a spendthrift, and face humiliation. - Some time ago I lent my sewing machine to another person, who used it for some months before returning it, having bought themselves a new sewing machine with the almost throw-away comment that mine was no longer working.




  1. Erambeau says:

    The quote "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" is from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Learn who said it and what it means at

  2. Jesabel F. says:

    Psychologists have finally figured out why Shakespeare was so right with that famous line from "Hamlet":.

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