what does this sonnet means?

Give thy thought no tongue,

Nor any unproportioned thought his act.

Be thou familiar,but by no mean 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-hatched, unfledge comrade.Beware

Of entrance to a quarrel,but being in,

Bear it that the 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 expressed in fancy - rich,not gaudy,

For the apparel oft proclaims the man...

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.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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