Hamlet Quotes

A little more than kin, and less than kind Hamlet to the King (Act 1)
“I will speak daggers to her but use none” Hamlet talking about her mother (Act 3 Soliloquy)
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; / For loan oft loses both itself and friend.” Polonius talking to Laertes (Act 1)It means do not lend or borrow money from a friend, because if you do so, you will lose both your friend as well as money.
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…do you think I am easier to be played upon than a pipe? Hamlet talking to Guildenstern (Act 3 Scene 2)Hamlet was saying to the person he was talking to ” what kind of fool do you take me for.” I am not like a pipe (recorder) that can be played on whenever you want. I am a person who sees through your tricks and I can’t be fooled or played on.
“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 Ophelia to Gertrude ( Act 2 Scene 2)The lines simply mean that doubt whether stars are fire; or the sun moves across the sky; or truth itself be a liar; but never doubt whether I love you.Hamlet’s hyperbolic assertion that Ophelia could doubt the most believable scientific phenomena and forces of the universe, but she should never doubt his love towards her.
“Since brevity is the soul of wit / And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief…” Polonius talking to the queen and king (Act 2 scene2)As Polonius begins to deliver to the king and queen the results of his investigation
I’ll have groundsMore relative than this—the play’s the thingWherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King. Hamlet ( sOLILOQUY Act 2 Scene 2)
“Seems,” madam? Nay, it is; I know not “seems.” Hamlet talking to his mother (Act 1 Scene 2)Hamlet lashes out at his mother when she asks him why he should still be so upset when everyone else has come to terms with the death of his father:
For Hamlet and the trifling of his favor,Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood,A violet in the youth of primy nature,Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,The perfume and suppliance of a minute.No more. Laertes talking to Ophelia about Hamlet (Act 1 Scene 3)Laertes is confronting his sister Ophelia about her attention she gives to Hamlet and her acceptance of his gifts and affection.
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life, now wears his crown” Ghost talking to Hamlet ( Act 1 Scene 5)
More matter with less art Gertude talking to Polonius (Act 2 scene 2)more substance and less rhetoric, stick to the matter at handPolnius was disvussing about Hamlet to the king and queen
I say, we will have no more marriages:those that are married already, all but one, shalllive; the rest shall keep as they are. To anunnery, go. Hamlet talking to Ophelia (Act 3 scene 1)In the first part of this scene, Hamlet tells Ophelia to be virtuous; in other words, to go to a convent and not get married. “Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?” he continues, asking her why she would want to give birth to children who sin. He goes on to say that he is reasonably virtuous, but that even he has numerous flaws (“ÉI could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me”). Hamlet then goes on to claim that men can be devious, and that therefore Ophelia should “goÉto a nunnery.” As he finishes this sentence, Hamlet suddenly becomes suspicious of Ophelia, and realizes that her father, Polonius, is eavesdropping nearby. “Where is your father?” Hamlet asks, on guard.
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. Ghost speaking to Hamlet (Act 1 scene 5)”Take revenge for his horrible murder, that crime against nature.”
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven and to those thorns that in her bosom lodge to prick and sting her. (I. v. 85-88) Ghost talking to Hamlet about Gertrude (Act 1 Scene 5)”Leave your mother out of your revenge plot. Let heaven deal with her.”
I am justly killed with mine own treachery Laertes’s deaeth scene (Act 5 scene 2)He realizes he is about to die Laertes realizes that he is about to die and recognizes that he is a victim of his own treachery, and has been caught in his own trap for Hamlet. He sees it as a just punishment for “treachery” and tells Hamlet the truth about King Claudius and tries to exchange forgiveness with Hamlet. aertes realizes he is about to die and says that his death is punishment for his treachery, and acknowledges that this is a just punishment
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, howinfinite in faculties, in form and moving how express andadmirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how likea god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so. Hamlet speaking to Rosencratz and Guildenstern (Act 2 scene 2) Hamlet is saying while humans may appear to think and act “nobly” they are really essentially “dust”. Hamlet is expressing his melancholy to his old friends over the difference between the best that men aspire to be, and how they actually behave; the great divide that depresses him.
“Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage, for he was likely, had he been put on, to have proved most royally.” Fortinbras (Act 5 Scene 2)After the death of Hamlet, Fortinbras makes his first appearance, and tells four captains to:
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” Polonius talking to Hamlet (Act 2)What Polonius is saying is that, even though Hamlet is talking crazy, it actually makes sense, or it has a “method.”
Oh, from this time forth,My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth! Hamlet (Soliloquy – Act 4 scene 4)From now on, if my thoughts aren’t violent I’ll consider them worthless.
“O Hamlet, speak no more. Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct.”Read more at http://izquotes.com/quote/376250 Gertrude speaking to Hamlet (Act 3 scene 4)
Now cracks a noble heart. Horatio to Hamlet (Act 5 scene 2)His death scene
He said I was a fishmonger. He is far gone, far gone. And truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love, very near this. I’ll speak to him again. Polonius asided talking to Hamlet (Act 2 scene 2)
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go” King Claudius (Act 3 scene 1)means when powerful people, specifically Hamlet, start to show signs of insanity, they must be closely watched.
Cannot you tell that? Every fool can tell that. It was the very day that young Hamlet was born, he that is mad and sent into England. Gravedigger (Act 5 scene 1)”You don’t know that? Any fool could tell you, it was the day that young Hamlet was born—the one who went crazy and got sent off to England.” Hamlet asked when King Hamlet fought fortinbras
Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,And therefore I forbid my tears. Laertes talking to gertrude (Act 4 scene 7)”You’ve had too much water already, poor Ophelia, so I won’t shed watery tears for you.”After Gertureds news of Phelias death
This above all: to thine own self be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.Farewell, my blessing season this in thee! Polnius talking to laertes (act 1 scene 3)
O, my offence is rank it smells to heaven;It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t,A brother’s murder. Claudius (Soliloquy – Act 3 Scene 3)In this particular soliloquy, he find Claudius actually revealing to the reader that he has killed his brother Hamlet. His guilt is strong and because of it he is confused. He turns to prayer as a means of salvation, but finding no use in it. Claudius knows he should repent, but his passion to be king and his passion for Gertrude seem to dominate his emotions.
i lov’d Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers Could not (with all their quantity of love) Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her? hAMLET (aCT 5 SCENE 1)
Get thee to a nunnery “Get thee to a nunnery” is a play on words. Although a nunnery is a place for pure women who give themselves body and soles to God, a nunnery also means a ***** house. Nunnery has a double meaning. Essentially, Hamlet is telling Ophelia that she is both pure and impure. (Act 3 scene 1)
“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray, love, remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.” Ophelia talking to Laertes (Act 4 scene 5)Her mad scene, She is asking her brother to remember her, perhaps in their youthful happiness; and also asking him to remember her
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitableSeem to me all the uses of this world! Hamlet (Soliloquy – Act 1 scene 2)
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Gertrude to Hamlet (Act 3 scene 2)Hamlet then turns to his mother and asks her, “Madam, how like you this play?”, to which she replies “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Gertrude (who seems to at least suspect that the queen in the play is a stand-in for her) is saying that the Player Queen is being too effusive.
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius (Soliloquy – Act 3 Scene 3)
” I shall th’ effect of this good lesson keep, as watchman to my heart. But good brother, do not, as some ungracious pastors do” Ophelia
“What if it temp you toward the flood, my lord, or to the dreadful summit of the cliff “ Horatio
I must be cruel only to be kind: thus bad begins and worse remains behind “ Hamlet

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