What does this quote mean? I was also wondering if I could use this quote to start off my essay on Hamlet. The theme is appearance vs. reality For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are more often influenced by the things that ‘seem’ than by those that ‘are’.

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The quote is suggesting that most people accept what they see as being accurate and real, without questioning the authenticity of the sight. They don't check into the truth of what they observe for themselves but assume that things are as they appear.

This would be a great quote to start an essay dealing with appearance versus reality, as that is exactly what the quote addresses. The quote assumes the position that too many people accept appearances as being reality, but that this is not necessarily the case and that people are opening themselves up for problems when they don't look beyond the appearance of the matter.

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