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The meaning and origin of the expression: I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

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I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

What's the meaning of the phrase 'I will wear my heart upon my sleeve'?

Display your feelings openly, for all to see.

What's the origin of the phrase 'I will wear my heart upon my sleeve'?

From Shakespeare's Othello, 1604:

IAGO:
It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:
In following him, I follow but myself;

Portrait of William ShakespeareHeaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end:
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

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