Hamlet Quotes

“frailty, thy name is woman” Hamlet, sol/mad at mom for marrying so quickly
“for the apparel oft proclaims the man” polonius to laertus/make sure your clothes are quality not flashy because clothes make the man
“neither a borrower nor a lender be” Polonius to laertus/don’t borrow or lend money
“to thine own self be true” polonius to laertus/be true to yourself no matter what
“it is a custom more honored in the breach than observance” hamlet to horatio/its a family tradition not to party
“there are more things in heaven and earth, horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” hamlet to horatio/there are more things on heaven and earth than you’ve ever dreamed of
“brevity is the soul of wit” polonius to Claudius/the essence of wisdom is not talking too much
“the devil hath power t’ assume a pleasing shape” hamlet, sol/if you do something bad its only a matter of time before people find out
“the play is the thing wherein i’ll catch the conscience of the king” hamlet, sol/the play is what ill use to uncover the conscience of the king
to be, or not to be: that’s the question” hamlet, sol/to live or die
“thus conscience does make cowards of us all” hamlet/fear of evils we don’t know is what keeps us from killing ourselves
“madness in great ones must not unwatched go” Claudius to polonius/watch closely when important people start to show signs of insanity
“the lady doth protest too much, methinks” Gertrude to hamlet/the lady objects so much as to lose credibility
“words without thoughts never go to heaven” Claudius/words mean nothing without sincerity
“I must be cruel only to be kind” hamlet to Gertrude/tough love
“when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions” Claudius to Gertrude/when something bad happens a lot of other bad things happen
“sweets to the sweet” Gertrude to Ophelia/ giving flowers to her
“the cat will mew, and the dog will have his day” hamlet at grave/ you cant stop a cat from acting like a cat or a dog from acting like a dog
“good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing the to thy rest” horatio to hamlet

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