Hamlet quotes

“doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move;doubt truth be a liar;but never doubt i love.” A love letter from Hamlet to OpheliaPolonius reads it to GertrudeAct 2 scene 2
“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.” Polonius talking to laertestelling him to be true to himself while in franceact 1 scene 3
“there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking that makes it so.” Hamlet talking to Rosencrantz and Guildensterntalking about denmark. how everything is relativeact 2 scene 2
“to die, to sleep-to sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there’s the rub,for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” HamletSoliloquoyhamlet thinking about death Act 3 scene 1
“there are more things in heaven and earth, horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” Hamlet talking to horatio
“what a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” -Hamlet talking to Rosencrantz-hamlet is saying how humans are perfect, and there are nothing more beautiful, but he seems them as dust-Act 2 Scene 2
“I must be cruel only to be kind, Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.” -Hamlet talking to Gertrude -he is saying that gertrude married polonis too fast and how the situation is bad but it will get worse-Act 3 Scene 4
“I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.” -hamlet talking to gertrude and claudius -he is saying how he loved ophelia, and how 40 thousand mens love could not come close to his -act 5 scene 1
“Words, Words, Words.” -hamlet is talking to polonius-this is hamlet’s response to when polonius asks what he is reading-act 2 scene 2
“If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.” -polonius to laertes-polonius is telling laertes how important it is to be yourself-act 1 scene 3
“So full of artless jealous is guilt. It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” -gertrude to herself-guilts makes you full of suspicions and you give yourself away because you are trying so hard not to-act 4 scene 5
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” -marcellus to horatio-marcellus knows something bad is about to happen-act 1 scene 4
“To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” -hamlet to polonius-there is only one good man in every 10 thousand-act 2 scene 2
“I am but mad north-north-west. With the wind is southerly. I know a hawk from a handsaw.” -hamlet to guildenstern-he is only crazy sometimes, other times he knows what is what-act 2 scene 2
“Frailty, thy name is woman.” -hamlet in a soliquoy -he is saying how is mother is very weak-act 1 scene 2
Now cracks a noble heart.—Good night, sweet prince,And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! Horatio talking to no one right after Hamlet dies.He is saying that his heart is broken because of Hamlet’s death.Act 5 Scene 2
To be, or not to be? That is the question—Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,60Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,And, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—No more—and by a sleep to say we endThe heartache and the thousand natural shocksThat flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation65Devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep.To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub, Hamlet to himselfHe is debating if he should continue to live or if he should commit suicideAct 3 Scene 1
When sorrows come, they come not single spiesBut in battalions. Claudius talking to GertrudeHe is saying that when bad news comes in it comes not one be one but a lot at one time.Act 4 Scene 5
Sweet to the sweet Gertrude to LaertesShe is giving sweet flowers to a sweet girl Act 5 Scene 1
God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another. Hamlet to Ophelia He is saying that she is not acting like the person that she is and that she’s being fakeAct 3 Scene 1
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Gertrude to HamletShe thinks that the queen in the play is overdoing it when she says nothing will come between her and the king.Act 3 Scene 2
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go Claudius to Polonius He is saying that when people start showing signs of madness then they need to be watched closelyAct 3 Scene 1
Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t Polonius to himselfHe is saying that Hamlet has gone mad but there is a method to his madness Act 2 Scene 2
since brevity is the soul of wit Polonius to GertrudeSaying that the best statements are short and sweetAct 2 Scene 2
Listen to many, speak to a few Polonius to LaertesTo listen to everyone who talks to him but only talk back to those who are intelligent and deserve his timeAct 1 Scene 3
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain. Hamlet to himself That a person who is happy and can always smile may still be a villainAct 1 Scene 5
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, Hamlet to Ophelia One’s conscience may make them be too scared to tell people the truth or to do the right thingAct 3 Scene 1
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.Words without thoughts never to heaven go. Claudius to himselfHe is saying that he is not willing to repent his sinsAct 3 Scene 3

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