Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Hamlet
Topic wisdom listening speech
Date 1623
Language English
Reference The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act I, Scene 3
Note Written between 1599 and 1602 Polonius line

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master This quote is part of Polonius' advice to his son who is about to embark on a sea voyage. He suggests to be careful without isolating himself, and therefore to listen to as many people as possible while revealing himself as little as possible.
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