This is Amy’s.
I wanted this quote for two reasons. The first reason is what the quote says. My goal is to always stay true to myself. The second reason is that I have my B.A. in English, and I adore Shakespeare. So, it was, what I thought, an appropriate homage to him.
This is Jennifer Berry’s.
This one belongs to Meris:
My mom was a theater major in college, and when she was still in school she studied all of Shakespeare’s plays. She said that the line “This above all: to thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man” from Hamlet really shaped her and helped guide her life. It’s a line that she used to teach me throughout my childhood. This spring, after an event turned my world upside down, making me unsure of who I could trust, I decided to get this tattooed on my back in my mother’s handwriting. My mom’s name means “honey bee” in Greek, so I decided to get a little bee along with it.
This one belongs to Lauren.
This is Hope’s.
I got this tattoo when I was in college. I know I love Shakespeare so much because of my father, who is a huge Shakespeare buff and was taking his children to the theater when other dads were going to baseball games. This is Shakespeare’s best piece of fatherly advice, so I consider it a tribute to my father and the bard.
Plus, they talk about this quote in Clueless, so even those deprived people who haven’t read Hamlet understand it.
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.
- Hamlet, Act I, sc. iii