No legacy is so rich as honesty

I just heard this quote in a TV show and I like it:

No legacy is so rich as honesty

And I think there’s a great positive truth in it, and that truth is complete separate from the origin of the quote. The origin is in Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and there it has a very different, and negative, meaning, drawing from how these words were understood at the time; legacy was worth and honesty – as in honour – was (female) chastity. Shakespeare used it to foreshadow the lies and deceits later in the play.

But if we separate the quote from its origins, if we place those words in today’s context, where legacy is what is transmitted by someone and honesty is adherence to facts and fairness, I think it is correct and good.






This entry was posted in Other and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.