HAMLET ACTS 1-3 QUOTES

“Sit down awhile, And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story, What we two nights have seen.” BARNARDO TO HORATIO telling him about the ghost appearing at the castle.
“Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” HAMLET TO HORATIO jokingly saying that they could have taken food from the funeral and used it for the wedding because of how quickly soon after that his mother got married to Claudius.
“Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned, Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, Be thy intents wicked or charitable, Thou com’st in such a questionable shape That I will speak to thee.” HAMLET TO GHOST asking if the ghost is a good or bad spirit.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” MARCELLUS TO HORATIO as they are debating about whether or not to follow the Ghost. They feel that he represents an ominous omen for Denmark and its moral legitimacy.
“I doubt it is no other but the main: His father’s death, and our o’erhasty marriage.” GERTRUDE TO CLAUDIUS saying that Hamlet is going mad most likely because of his father’s death and how quickly that his mother married.
“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. Your noble son is mad.” POLONIUS TO KING AND QUEEN telling them that Hamlet has gone crazy. He tells them that he’ll be brief when talking but has the conversation drawn out.
“And my young mistress thus I did bespeak: “Lord Hamlet is a prince out of thy star. This must not be.” POLONIUS TO KING AND QUEEN that he told Ophelia that Hamlet was out of her league because he is a prince and she is not royalty. He did not want them to be together.
“Excellent well, y’are a fishmonger.” HAMLET TO POLONIUS insulting him by saying that he uses words in a cheap and stupid way.
“In the secret parts of Fortune? Oh most true, she is a strumpet. What news?” HAMLET TO ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN using locker-room talk and joking around with them. Then questions why they have come to visit him.
“Look where he has not turned his colour, and tears in’s eyes. Prithee no more.” POLONIUS TO HAMLET asking him to stop the play because he has seen how upset the player has gotten by reciting a scene in the play Hamlet asked him to.
“The play’s the thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” HAMLET TO HIMSELF saying that he wants to insert a scene into the play in order to possibly trigger a reaction from Claudius. If he reacts, he’s guilty. If not, the ghost was an evil spirit.
“To be or not to be, that is the question-Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them.” HAMLET TO HIMSELF contemplating suicide and asking himself if it is better to keep suffering or to take the easy way out and end his life.
“Get thee to a nunnery-why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?” HAMLET TO OPHELIA mad at her while she’s breaking up with him and insulting her.
“The lady doth protest too much methinks.” GERTRUDE TO HAMLET commenting on the play and thinking that the player queen is guilty and lying.
“‘Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.” HAMLET TO GUILDENSTERN saying that he’s too smart and that try as he may, Guildenstern can’t manipulate him.
“Heart, lose not thy nature; let no ever The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom. Let me be cruel, not unnatural: I will speak daggers to her but use none.” HAMLET TO HIMSELF promising to carry out the Ghost’s request of not physically harming his mother, but emotionally making her uneasy about her actions.
“Oh my offence is rank, it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t, A brother’s murder. Pray can I not, Though inclination be as sharp as will.” CLAUDIUS TO HIMSELF expressing his guilt and longing to repent of his sin, but feels that he will be sent to Hell because he still benefits from the murder.
“Now might I do it pat, now is a-praying, And now I’ll do’t-and so goes to heaven, and so am I revenged. That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and for that, I his sole son do this same villain send To heaven.” HAMLET TO HIMSELF feeling that if he were to kill his uncle now, he would wrongfully be sent to heaven instead of hell because he is praying and asking for forgiveness. He feels that he should be properly killed when sinning.
“Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell. I took thee for thy better.” HAMLET TO POLONIUS’ DEAD BODY saying that he was murdered justly and got what he deserved for intruding on people’s business and affairs.
“I must be cruel to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.” HAMLET TO GERTRUDE saying that he may appear to be cruel to her now by instructing her to cut off association with Claudius, but eventually it will help her out in the long run.

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