What is the meaning of the quote "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" from Hamlet?"Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend, this above all-thine own self be...

What is the meaning of the quote "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" from Hamlet?

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend, this above all-thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day"

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I assume that you are looking for a translation of meaning for this quotation.  The answer is really good advice for anyone.  Don't lend money to friends nor ask them for a loan.  The money may not be repaid or not soon enough so that the loan is now the cause of the friendship being lost as well as the money owed.  Money and friendship do not mix if you treasure the friend.  Above everything else, you must be true to yourself, be the person you truly are, and the person you wish to be.  If you live your life as the person you want to become, it will happen because you are doing the things which make you become that person.  If you do this, it will happen just as the night follows after the day. I do hope this is what you were looking for as your question is not really very clear.

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