“Be what you would seem to be” – or, “if you’d like it put more simply – “Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” – The Duchess
from: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – by Lewis Carrol
Is the Duchess’s advice sense or nonsense?
There is nothing simple in the convoluted way that the Duchess gives this advice to Alice. She seems to speak in circles. But, it isn’t that difficult really. Or is it? She seems to be telling Alice to be her true self; not to perceive herself to be anything else than who and what she truly is, or make others believe she is something she is not.
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