Shakespeare on Ethics
Posted on November 15, 2012 by Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.
|Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee;
Corruption wins not more than honesty.
Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace,
To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not:
Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s,
Thy God’s, and truth’s; then if thou fall’st, O Cromwell,
Thou fall’st a blessed martyr!
William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, Act iii. Sc. 2.