These indeed seem,
For they are actions that a man might play:
But I have that within which passeth show;
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.

from William Shakespeare – Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2 on Rap Genius

Meaning

These symptoms do make him seem depressed, but they are exterior displays that any man could fake. What Hamlet suffers from most is the internal feeling of despair which no other person can witness.

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