Hamlet quotes

“A little more than kin and less than kind” Said by: HamletAsideWhen it is said- Act 1, talking about Claudius marrying his mom Meaning- Related by blood now stepfather and step son but are nothing more to him
“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt” Said by: HamletSoliloquyWhen it is said:Act 1, after talking to his mother and Claudius Meaning- He is having a little tantrum on being forced to stay in Denmark, wishes too die, and curses his parents for not having any grief about his father death and marrying withing two months
quote on “seeming” Between Hamlet and GertrudeHamlet tells Gertrude he does not seem to be in grief but IS IN grief. He is filled with grief and his dark clothes are just a hint at them
“Failty, thy name is woman” HamletSoliloquy ( same soliloquy as ‘flesh melt’ )Act 1Meaning- He is calling his mother for not being able to be single for more then two months (Haven’t been able to break in the shoes she wore to the funeral yet)
“To thine own self be true, neither a lender nor a borrower be” Poloniustalking to Ophelia and LaertesHe is talking about tips for when they are in Denmark. He says don’t lend money because you might loose a friend and money, he says, don’t borrow becuase it will get people mad at you
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Marcellusto Hamlet and HoratioHe is telling them the chain of being is off, something is wrong is going to happen
“The serpent that did sting thy father now wears his crown” GhostTo HamletAct1Claudius killed King Hamlet, more allusions to the bible and Adam and Eve
“There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” HamletTo HoratioAct 1Hamlet is telling Horatio that he does not know everything
“And thus do we… by indirections find directions out” PoloniusTalking to ReynaldAct 2The wise person will evaluate lies in order to find truths. Trying to find stuff out intelligently and by roundabout ways
“Brevity is the soul of wit” PoloniusTalking to GertrudeAct 2The less you say, the smarter you are, ironic because Polonius rambles a lot
“The play is the thing” HamletAside/ soliloquyAct 2Deception brings out truth (paradozSoliloquy talks about how pathetic he things he is since an actor can portray more sorrow and feelings for a made up person then he could do for his own father.
“Though this madness, yet there’s method in it PoloniusTo himself ( talking about Hamlet)Act 2Hamlet is mad but there is some truth behind that madness
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” HamletTo rosencrantzact 2It just depends on the point of view on how you see certain people
“What a piece of work is man, How noble in reason how infinite in faculty Hamlet to RosencrantzAct 2Human kind is a piece of work ( Both bad and good)We are difficult to work with and greedy, but can do amazing things
“O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I” HamletSoliloquyAct 2Soliloquy talks about how pathetic he things he is since an actor can portray more sorrow and feelings for a made up person then he could do for his own father.
” To the noble mind, rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unknind” OpheliaTo HamletAct 3She is giving him back the gifts he gave her saying that if they were not given without true feelings then they mean nothing
“The lady doth protest too much methinks” QueenTo HamletAct 3She thinks the lady is overacting and repeating her self too much, not willing to admit that it is like her
“why look you now how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery…” HamletTo Guildensern/ RosencrantzAct 3Hamlet is mad at them for lying to him about why they are in Denmark. Asks them to play a recorder, they say they can’t. He tells them they can’t play him like a recorder
“I will speak daggers to her but use none” HamletTo himself ( talking about Queen)Act 3He will hurt her with his words, not sugar coating anything
” My words fly up, my thoughts remain below” ClaudiusTo himself while on his knees praying ( Hamlet is there though)Act 3His word don’t mean anything, he feels bad for what he has done but refuses to give it up
“Oh what a rash and blood deed this is” Gertrudeto HamletAct 3She is talking about his murder of Polonius. Ironic since she is talking about rash decisions but she is the one that married Claudius right away
“I must be cruel only to be kind” Hamlet To GertrudeAct 3When Hamlet is requesting things from Gertrude, Do not sleep with Claudius. The cruel deed tht he is to perform will seem cruel now but it’s consequences are not the worst of all cause the worst is yet to come
” Let it work; for tis the sport to have the engineer hoise with his own petar and ‘t shall go hard” HamletTo GertrudeAct 3Hamlet knows the letter is for his execution so he is planning on ripping up the letter and making their plan back fire
“He’s loved of the distracted multitude who like not in their judgment, but their eyes” King ClaudiusTo himselfAct 4Hamlet is an attractive person so the people will choose looks aver the whole appearance and won’t be able to arrest and execute him
From this time forth my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth” HamletSoliloquyAct 4Hamlet is concerning fortinbras action but is impress with the force- fulness of it. If his thoughts aren’t violent they’re worthless. He is foiling himself to Fortinbras
“No place indeed should murder sanctuarize. Revenge should have no bounds” KingTo Laertesact 5Would be willing to kill Hamlet in a church because revenge has no bounds
“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio” HamletTo HoratioAct 5Hamlet is amazed that all that is left of his old jester friend growing up is a skull
“Sweets to sweet” GertrudeTo Ophelia’s bodyAct 5to a beautful girl, here are beautiful things. Also goes a long with the whole flower thing
“Theres a divinity that shapes our ends… Rough- hew them how we will” Hamlet To horatioAct 5God is there to shape our fate and destiny
“The readiness is all” HamletTo HoratioAct 5He is going to die anyways and he is ready so it’s now or never. Be ready for anything at anytime
“Report me and my cause alright to the unsatisfied” Hamlet To HoratioAct 5Hamlet asks Horatio to keep living to tell the story of what happened to the royal family
“Now cracks a noble heart” HoratioTo HamletAct 5He is saying goodbye to him and is sad to see him die although he knew how tortured Hamlet was. So maybe he’s a bit relieved that Hamlet is now free from his suffering.

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