What Face Do You Wear? A Mishmash of Shakespeare


“God has given you one face and you make yourselves another.”

Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, after that famous soliloquy, “To be, or not to be?”

It is a tough question.

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”

He said in As You Like It, seemingly frustrated.

“Life … is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury.
Signifying nothing.”

His frustration level even higher in Macbeth.

But he doesn’t give up, and instead gathers courage.

“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.”

In Julius Caesar. He admonishes.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars
But in ourselves.”

And so we go back to Hamlet for his final advice.

“This above all: to thine own self be true…
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

So there we have it, a mishmash of Shakespeare, taken totally out of context.

But hopefully, as he said: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”

So, what Face do you wear? 🙂

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