Hamlet Act III Quotes

Claudius to Hamlet: great minds are dangerous when they go mad “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.”
Hamlet to Horatio: Hamlet cares about Horatio so much because he is not the kind of person that is controlled by emotions “Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, ay in my heart of heart, as I do thee.”
Claudius: he wants the play to stop, he is secretly feeling guilty for murdering King Hamlet “Give me some light. Away!”
Hamlet to Horatio: Hamlet trusts the ghosts’ word now because of Claudius’ reaction “I’ll take the ghosts’ word for a thousand pound.”
Hamlet to R&G: Hamlet says he is wasting his time waiting for his chance to be King “…While the grass grows, (the starving horse dies.)”
Hamlet to R&G: Hamlet asks how they expect him to open up to them when they can’t even play a recorder (metaphor) “Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.”
Hamlet: he will verbally abuse Gertrude, and will try his hardest not to physically abuse her “I will speak daggers to her but use none.”
Claudius (praying): he wants to be forgiven, but knows he will not be since he is not sincere in his prayers. He feels guilty for his actions, but he enjoy his life. “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
Hamlet to Gertrude: he has to do bad things to end the bad things currently going on “I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
Hamlet to Gertrude: he trust R&G as much as he trusts a venomous snake “…my two school fellows, whom I will trust as I will adders fangs.”
Hamlet to Gertrude: it is ironic how Polonius used to talk so much and now he is completely silent “Indeed, this counselor is now most still, most secret, and most grave who was in life a foolish prating knave.”
Hamlet: death is like a country that no one returns from “The undiscovered country, from whose bourn no travelers return.”
Hamlet to R&G: he could have no possessions and feel like he had everything if he wasn’t having bad dreams “I would be bound in a nut shell, and count myself a king of the infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.”
Hamlet to Gertrude: about R&G and how their own plan is what backfired and got them killed instead of Hamlet “An engineer hoist by his own petard.”

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