Hamlet Quotes

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan both loses both itself and friend,” Said By – PoloniusTo – LaertesCircumstance – Advice given to Laertes before he goes to Paris
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” Said By – HoratioTo – HamletCircumstance – Saying a final goodbye to Hamlet as he dies
“O heavy deed! It had been so with us, had we been there: His liberty is full of threats to us all;” Said By – KingTo – QueenCircumstance – If the King was in the room where Hamlet killed Polonius it would’ve been him dead, so Hamlet’s freedom threatens everyone.
“The lady doth protest too much methinks.” Said By – QueenTo – HamletCircumstance – The actress playing the Queen is overdoing it.
“For Hecuba! What’s Hecuba to him or him to Hecuba, that he should weep for her? What would he do had he the motive and cue for passion that I have?” Said By – HamletTo – HimselfCircumstance – Recalling the actor’s performance
“Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me you cannot play me.” Said By – HamletTo – GuildensternCircumstance – Telling Guildenstern he’s not a fool to be played as easily as a pipe.
“And so have I a noble father lost; A sister driven to desperate terms whose worth, if praises may go back again, stood challenger on the mount of all the age for her perfections: but my revenge will come.” Said By – LaertesTo – KingCircumstance – Realizing what happened to his family.
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” Said By – PoloniusTo – AsideCircumstance – Although Hamlet sounds crazy, there’s some sense to what he’s saying.
“A little more than kin, a little less than kind.” Said By – HamletTo – KingCircumstance – Although the King is family, Hamlet doesn’t like him.
“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like and angel… And yet, to me, what is the quintessence of dust? Man delights not me.” Said By – Hamlet To – GuildensternCircumstance – Man is like an angel in understanding or like a god.
“The time is out of joint. O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it right.” Said By – HamletTo – Horatio & MarcellusCircumstance – So much wrong during this time, and Hamlet has to fix it.
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Said By – KingTo – Himself Circumstance – He can pray all he wants, but without sincerity, it means nothing.
“And, with his other hand thus o’er his brow, He falls to such perusal of my face as he would draw it.” Said By – OpheliaTo – ClaudiusCircumstance – Telling what happened with Hamlet
“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Said By – HamletTo – HimselfCircumstance – He’s saying that he will use the play to find out if the Claudius is guilty of killing his father.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Said By – MarcellusTo – HoratioCircumstance – Shaken by the Ghost and the state of Denmark politically, and morally.
“And we beseech you, bend you to remain here in the cheer and comfort of our eye, our chiefest courtier, cousin and our son.” Said By – ClaudiusTo – HamletCircumstance – Asking Hamlet not to go to Whittenburg and stay in his company.
“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.” Said By – HamletTo – HoratioCircumstance – Hamlet is remembering the times he spent with the old joker.
“O, what a noble mind is here overthrown!” Said By – OpheliaTo – Claudius & PoloniusCircumstance – Telling them how Hamlet has gone mad.
“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 – KingTo – QueenCircumstance – The King believes that keeping a speech brief makes it a good speech; telling the Queen that Hamlet is mad.
“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.” Said By – PoloniusTo – LaertesCircumstance – Telling Laertes to be true to himself because if he is then he will not be false to anyone else.

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