Hamlet Quotations

Quote: O, that this too too solid flesh would meltThaw and resolve itself into a dew!Or that the Everlasting had not fix’dHis canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,Seem to me all the uses of this world! Said by: HamletSaid to: HimselfMeaning: He wishes he could disappear or kill himself
Quote: It is not nor it cannot come to good:But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue. Said by: HamletSaid to: HimselfMeaning: This situation cannot end well, but I have to keep quiet.
Quote: Neither a borrower nor a lender be;For loan oft loses both itself and friend, Said by: Polonius Said to: Laertes Meaning: Loaning and borrowing money causes problems amongst friends.
Quote: This above all: to thine ownself be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man. Said by: PoloniusSaid to: LaertesMeaning: Be honest with yourself, and you automatically will be honest with others.
Quote: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Said by: MarcellusSaid to: Other guards Meaning: The ghost is a sign that something bad is going to happen.
Quote:Murder most foul, as in the best it is;But this most foul, strange, and unnatural. Said by: GhostSaid to: Hamlet Meaning: He [ghost] was murdered by his brother.
Quote:There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Said by: HamletSaid to: Horatio (obvs.)Meaning: There are things we cannot explain in the world.
Quote: Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,I will be brief: your noble son is mad: Said by: Polonius Said to: King (Saltyporkleg’s uncle/step dad) and Queen Meaning: I’ll get to the point, Hamlet is crazy
Quote’Doubt thou the stars are fire;Doubt that the sun doth move;Doubt truth to be a liar;But never doubt I love.’ Said by :Polonius*Said to: King and Queen*****He is reading a letter written BY HAMLET TO OPHELIA*******Meaning: You may doubt the absolutes in life, but never doubt my love for you.
Quote: Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. Said by: PoloniusSaid to: PoloniusMeaning: Even though Hamlet is acting crazy, there is a method to it.
Quote: What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!how infinite in faculty! in form and moving howexpress and admirable! in action how like an angel!in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of theworld! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,what is this quintessence of dust? man delights notme: no, nor woman neither, though by your smilingyou seem to say so. Said by: HamletSaid to: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern** (Hamlet’s buds that were sent to spy on him, but they told him about it, so it’s alright) Meaning: Although humanity is to be admired and appreciated, he [Hamlet] can find no joy in it.
Quote:The play’s the thingWherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king Said by: HamletSaid to: HamletMeaning: I will use the play to get the king to show signs of guilt.
Quote: To be, or not to be: that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;No more; and by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache and the thousand natural shocksThat flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummationDevoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;For in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause: Said by: HamletSaid to: HamletMeaning: He is debating suicide
Quote:Who would fardels bear,To grunt and sweat under a weary life,But that the dread of something after death,The undiscover’d country from whose bournNo traveller returns, puzzles the willAnd makes us rather bear those ills we haveThan fly to others that we know not of? Said by: HamletSaid to: HamletMeaning: We [mankind] would rather live this life, with its struggles than go into the next life and its unknown.
Quote:Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;And thus the native hue of resolutionIs sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, Said by: Hamlet Said to: HamletMeaning: Our teachings [religious] prevent us from being brave enough to kill ourselves because we are afraid of consequences .
Quote:Get thee to a nunnery Said by: HamletSaid to: Ophelia(he is basically calling her damaged goods)Meaning: Either go to a nunnery or a ***** house
Quote: God has given you one faceand you make yourselves another Said by: HamletSaid to: OpheliaMeaning: God gave you a face but you cover it with makeup
Quote:Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretionbe your tutor: suit the action to the word, theword to the action Said by: HamletSaid to: Players Meaning: When you perform the play, do not over do it. Act naturally,
QuoteSome must watch, while some must sleep;So runs the world away Said by: HamletSaid to: Horatio Meaning: Some must look out for trouble to protect those who are unaware.
Quote:My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;Words without thoughts never go to heaven. Said by King Claudius Said to: King Claudius Meaning: I am praying with my mouth, but my mind is not in it. My prayers will not go to heaven.
Quote:O shame, where is thy blush? Said by: HamletSaid to: QueenWhy are you not blushing with humiliation at what you’ve done?
Quote:I must be cruel only to be kind. Said by: HamletSaid to: QueenMeaning: I have to tell you some hard truths in order for you to understand what I am saying.
Quote: A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of aking, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm. Said by: HamletSaid to: King Claudius In death, even a king is worm food
QuoteHow should I your true love knowFrom another one?By his cockle hat and staff,And his sandal shoon.He is dead and gone, lady,He is dead and gone;At his head a grass-green turf,At his heels a stone. Said by: OpheliaSaid to: Ophelia (This is a song! Sung in front of Queen)Ophelia is mourning her father’s death.
Quote:Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, HoratioA fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Said by: HamletSaid to: HoratioFamous scene of him holding a skull!!Meaning: Death takes everyone.
Quote:Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince.And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Said by: HoratioSaid to: Horatio Here, Horatio is reminding the audience that Hamlet was a noble in his {Hamlet’s} heart.

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