to thine own self be true


 

OF THE TWO WITNESSES, HOLD THE PRINCIPAL ONE

In any situation there are two witnesses: other people’s view of you and your own view of yourself. Of those, the principal witness is your own insight. You should not just go along with other people’s opinion of you. The practice of this slogan is always to be true to yourself. This slogan says that of the two witnesses, hold the principal one as the actual, authentic one. That authentic witness is you.

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness
by Chögyam Trungpa,

 

photographer unknown

 

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.

William Shakespeare  (1564 – 1616)

 

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