Hamlet Act I Quotes

“For this relief much thanks. ‘Tis bitter cold, And I am Sick at heart.” -Fransisco to Bernardo-Beginning of the sickness imagery
“Though yet of Hamlet ourndear brother’s deathThe memory be green, and that it us befitted…” -King to The Court-Appearance vs Reality
“A little more than kin, and less than kind” -Hamlet to King-First time Hamlet speaks
“How is it that the clouds still hang on you?” -King to Hamlet-Wondering why Hamlet is still upset over his father’s death
“Not so, my lord. I am too much in the sun” -Hamlet to King-Shows Hamlet is mourning the death of his father but pretending not to
“Seems, madam? Nay, it is. I know not ‘seems’ ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good Mother…” -Hamlet to Queen-Hamlet is expressing how sad he is
“O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into dew!Or that the Everlasting had not fixed” -Hamlet to himself-He wants to die, but suicide is against God’s law
“Let me not think on ‘t; frailty, thy name is woman” -Hamlet to himself-Taking a shot at his mother
“Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” -Hamlet to Horatio-Saying that they used the same food from the death for the wedding meaning everything happened so quickly
“Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” -Hamlet to himself-Bad deeds will eventually be revealed
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,For loan oft loses both itself and friend,” -Polonius to Laertes-Don’t borrow what you can’t pay back
“Thou canst not then be false to any man.” -Polonius to Laertes-Going away speech
“Angels and ministers of grace defend us!Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,” -Hamlet to Ghost-Are you from heaven or from hell
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” -Marcellus to Horatio-Decomposition theme
“Revenge his foul soul and unnatural murder” -Ghost to Hamlet-wants Hamlet to kill the King
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown” -Ghost to Hamlet-The one that killed Hamlet’s father is now the King
“O all you host of heaven!O earth! What else?” -Hamlet to ghost -seen the ghost and thinks righteous
“That one may smile and be a villian” -Hamlet to Horatio-King’s appearance vs reality
The time is out of joint. O cursed spiteThat ever I was born to set it right” -Hamlet to Ghost-Hamlet has to kill the King to make things even
“This above all; to thine own self be true,And it must follow…” -Polonius to Laertes -If you are true to yourself you won’t be false to anyone

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