Hamlet Quotes

“This bodes some strange eruption to our state” Horatio to Marcellus
“He hath, my Lord, of late made many tenders of his affection to me.” Ophelia to Polonius
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius to himself
“What have I done, that thou dar’st wag thy tongue in noise so rude against me?” Gertrude to Hamlet
“I hope all will be well. We must be patient. But I cannot choose but weep to think they would lay him I’th’cold ground.” Ophelia to Claudius
“No, no! The drink, the drink! O my dear! The drink, the drink! I am poison’d.” Gertrude to Hamlet/Osric/Laertes
“This above all: to thine own self be true.” Polonius to Laertes
“Doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love.” Polonius reading Hamlet’s letter to Claudius/Gertrude
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet to Rosencratz
“To die, to sleep-to sleep, perchance to dream-ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” Hamlet to himself
“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet to Horatio
“Though this be madness, yet there is a method in’t.” Polonius to himself
“Brevity is the soul of wit.” Polonius to Claudius
“If thou art privy to thy country’s fate… O, speak! Or if thou hast uphoarded in thy life, extorted treasure in the womb of earth… Speak of it, stay and speak!” Horatio to the Ghost
“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” Hamlet to himself
“Cast thy knighted colour off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark.” Gertrude to Hamlet
“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” Hamlet to himself
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Gertrude to Hamlet
“Stay, give me drink… This pearl is thine. Here’s to thy health.” Claudius to Hamlet
“O what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye tongue, sword, the ‘ expectancy and rose of the fair state, the glass of fashion and the mould of form, th’ observed of all observers, quite, quite down!” Ophelia to herself
“Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, to give these mourning duties to your father, but you must know your father lost a father, that father lost, lost his;– and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow.” Claudius to Hamlet
“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” Polonius to Laertes
“I must be cruel only to be kind; thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.” Hamlet to Gertrude
“No place indeed should murder sanctuarize; revenge should have no bounds.” Claudius to Laertes
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Marcellus to Horatio

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