Hamlet Quotes

Hamlet, grieving over his father, distressed with his mother’s quick marriage “oh that this too, too sullied flesh would melt”
Laertes, advice to his sister to be wary of Hamlet’s affections “Think it no more; for nature, crescent, does not grow alone in thews and bulk, but, as this temple waxes, the inward service of the mind and soul grows wide withal. Perhaps he loves you now, and now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch the virtue of his will: but you must fear, his greatness weigh’d his will is not his own”
Polonius, advising his son how to behave in France “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. This above all: to thine ownself be true”
Hamlet, he learns the truth from the ghost. His father did not die of natural causes, he was murdered by Claudius. The betrayal of his mother is even greater than before “O all you host of heaven!”
Hamlet, he makes horatio and marcellus swear to keep his secret and to say nothing about his odd behavior “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosphy”
Ophelia, describes Hamlet’s behavior to her father; lets us know that Hamlet is mad “My lord, as I was sewing in my closet, lord Hamlet, with his doublet all unbraced, no hat upon his head; his stockings foul’d ungarter’d and down-gyved to his ancle;”
Hamlet, he expresses the loss of joy he’s feeling to Rocencrantz and Guildenstern “What a piece of work is a man!”
Hamlet, he compares himself to the player who can muster up passion through imaginary circumstances; he cannot move to action; he is a failure for not avenging his father’s murder; “Oh what a rogue and peasant slave am I!”
Hamlet, reasoned dilemma about suicide. Is it better to be alive and unhappy or dead and unsure about the after life? “to be or not to be”
Hamlet tells Ophelia; prose of madness “Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?”
Ophelia describes the old 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, The observed of all observers, quite, quite down! And I, of ladies most deject and wretched, That suck’d the honey of his music vows, Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh; That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth Blasted with ecstasy: O, woe is me, To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!”
Hamlet, his advice to the players Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
Hamlet, he is now confident in his ability to avenge his father’s death; he is moved to action, just like the players at court; he takes the time to compose himself before confronting his mother in her chambers” “Tis now the very witching time of night”
Hamlet, turning point because if Hamlet had killed the king while he was praying he could have prevented all the other deaths. “now might i do it pat, now a is a praying”
Claudius, his prayer Thanks, dear my lord. Exit POLONIUSO, my offence is rank it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t, A brother’s murder.
Hamlet, he ponders his inability to act on his father’s revenge and resolves to do something; climax of the play, point of no return “How all occasion do inform against me” “O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!”

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