Hamlet quotes

“High and mighty, you shall know I am set naked on your kingdom. Tomorrow I beg leave to see your kingly eyes.” (Act 4. Scene 7) Hamlet says it in his letter to Claudius about his return from England.
“There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died.” (Act 4 Scene 5) Ophelia to Laertes after Polonius dies and Laertes returns
“…You may chooseA sword unbated, and, in pass of practice,Requite him for your father.” (Act 4 Scene 7) Claudius to Laertes talking about fighting Hamlet
“…her garments, heavy with their drink,Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious lay,To muddy death.” (Act 4 Scene 7) Gertrude to Laertes after Ophelia died
“Hamlet, thou art slain….Thy mother’s poisoned.I can no more. The King, the King’s to blame.” (Act 5 Scene 2) Laertes to Hamlet after the Queen is poisoned
“Sweets to the sweet! Farewell…I thought thy bride bed to have decked, sweet maid,And not have strewed thy grave.” (Act 5 Scene 1) Gertrude at Ophelia’s funeral before Hamlet and Laertes fight
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet Prince,And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” (Act 5 Scene 2) Horatio to Hamlet when Hamlet is dying
“…Let four captainsBear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage,…Such a sight as thisBecomes the field, but here shows much amiss.” (Act 5 Scene 2) Fortinbras to his men after he sees and hears about Hamlet’s death
“…the dread of something after death…Makes us rather bear those ills we have,Than fly to others that we know not of.” (Act 3 Scene 1) Hamlet during his “To be or not to be” speech
“Do not forget. This visitationIs but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.” (Act 3 Scene 4) Ghost to Hamlet in the closet scene
“O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven;It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t…” (Act 3 Scene 3) Claudius to himself talking about his sin
“O, I am slain!” (Act 3 Scene 4) Polonius in the closet scene after Hamlet stabs him
“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.” (Act 3 Scene 2) Hamlet to the players before the play begins
“But let me conjure you by the rights of our fellowship, by the consonancy of our youth, by the obligation of our ever-preserved love and by what more dear a better proposer can charge you withal: be even and direct with me whether you were sent for or no.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern when they come see him to take him to England
“…I’ll loose my daughter to him.Be you and I behind an arras then.Mark the encounter.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude when coming up with a plan to spy on Hamlet
“Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other,And with a look so piteous in purport,As if he had been loosed out of hellTo speak of horrors–he comes before me.” (Act 2 Scene 1) Ophelia telling Polonius about what happened with Hamlet
“The play’s the thingWherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to himself when coming up with a plan to have Claudius admit his sin
“…Fear it, my dear sister,And keep you in the rear of your affection,Out of the shot of danger and desire.” (Act 1 Scene 3) Laertes to Ophelia about Hamlet and Ophelia’s love
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s lifeNow wears his crown.” (Act 1 Scene 5) Ghost to Hamlet
“…meet it is I set it downThat one may smile, and smile, and be a villain.At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.” (Act 1 Scene 5) Hamlet to himself after the ghost has left
“So excellent a king, that was to this/Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother/That he might not beteem the winds of Heaven/Visit her face too roughly.” (Act 1 Scene 2) Hamlet to himself laments about how great his father was as a king and how kind he was to his mother.
“In what particular thought to work I know not,/But in the gross and scope of mine opinion/This bodes some strange eruption to our state.” (Act 1 Scene 1) Horatio to Marcellus thinking that this ghost is a sign of foreboding, a precursor to internal strife in Denmark
“Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off,/And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark./Do not forever with thy veiled lids seek for they noble father in the dust./ thou know’st ’tis common; all that lives must die,/Passing through nature to eternity.” (Act 1 Scene 2) Queen to Hamlet when he is still upset about his father’s death even though everyone else has moved on
“How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable/ seem to me all the uses of this world!/Fie on ‘t, ah fie! ‘Tis an unweeded garden/That grows to seed.” (Act 1 Scene 2) Hamlet to himself after learning about his mother’s involvement in his father’s death. He is depressed
“I shall the effect of this good lesson keep/As watchman to my heart. But, good thy brother,/Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,/ Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,/Whiles like a puffed and reckless libertine,/Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads/And recks not his own rede.” (Act 1 Scene 3) Ophelia to Laertes after he lectures her about Hamlet
“How say you by that? Still harping on my daughter. Yet he knew me not at first; he said I was a fish monger. He is far gone. And truly, in my youth, I suffered much extremity of love, very near this.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Polonius as an aside he thinks Hamlet is crazy because he loves Ophelia and she rejected him. Hamlet pretends to be crazy in their conversation and Polonius believes him
“Why, then, ’tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. To me, it is a prison.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, telling them that he thinks Denmark is a prison
“I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern saying that he could be confined to a small nutshell and, not knowing otherwise, assume that that is all there is, except that he has bad dreams (that suggest the truth). Hamlet seems to prefer being ignorant of the truth.
“I have of late, but wherefore I do not know, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory…” (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (who he just realized were sent to visit him) and he explains here how depressed he feels. He no longer has any joy, doesn’t do anything he used to do, and thinks that there is no good in the earth.
” The spirit I have seen may be a devil, and the devil hath power t’assume a pleasing shape.” (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to himself deciding to use the play to figure out if the ghost was good or bad and to see if Claudius is really guilty before he enacts his vengeance.
“We are oft to blame in this,/’Tis too much prov’d, that with devotion’s visage,/And pious action, we do sugar o’er/The devil himself.” (Act 3 Scene 1) Polonius to Ophelia when he asks her to read a book so she will look unsuspicious when Hamlet comes along. All part of Polonius and Claudius’ plan to spy on Hamlet and Ophelia’s interactions
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;/And thus the native hue of resolution/Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought;/And enterprises of great pith and moment,/With this regard, their currents turn awry,/And lose the name of action.” (Act 3 Scene 1) Hamlet to himself in to be or not to be speech, coming to the conclusion that unfortunately, the fear of the unknown nature of death prevents people, including him, from acting on their suicidal urges and eagerness to rid themselves of the pain of life
“The fair Ophelia. -Nymph, in thy orisons/ Be all my sins remembered.” (Act 3 Scene 1) Hamlet to himself in to be or not to be speech when he hears Ophelia coming
“O heart, lose not thy nature, let not ever/The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom./Let me be cruel, not unnatural.” (Act 3 Scene 2) Hamlet to himself when he is going to see his mother and he is thinking that he wants to confront her about his father’s murder. He doesn’t want to kill her though, that would be “unnatural”. He doesn’t want to be like Nero, who murdered his mother, only cruel.
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;/Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” (Act 3 Scene 3) King to himself when he has just finished praying, but he is so overcome with guilt about the murder that he can’t pray.
“Mad as the sea and wind when both contend/Which is the mightier. In his lawless fit,/Behind the arras hearing something stir,/Whips out his rapier and cries “A rat, a rat,”/And in this brainish apprehension kills the unseen good old man.” (Act 4 Scene 1) Queen to Claudius when explaining what happened to Polonius. Says Hamlet thought Polonius was a rat instead of thinking he was Claudius
“Yet we must not put the strong law on him./He’s loved of the distracted multitude,/Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;” (Act 4 Scene 3) King to some attendants saying that now that Hamlet has killed Polonius and truly gone mad, he needs to be sent away and taken care of. Leads to plan to send Hamlet to England
“This is th’ impostume of much wealth and peace,/That inward breaks and shows no cause without/Why the man dies.” (Act 4 Scene 4) Hamlet to a Norwegian sailor after finding out Norway is attacking Denmark for with hardly any reasoning. Hamlet says that this conflict is what happens when countries because idle in wealth and peace.
“How stand I, then/That have a father killed, a mother stained,/Excitements of my reason and my blood,/And let all sleep, while to my shame I see/The imminent death of twenty thousand men/That for a fantasy and a trick of fame/Go to their graves like beds…” (Act 4 Scene 4) Hamlet to himself after talking with the sailor and realizing he needs to ‘man up’ and do what he is meant to do attempt at revenge. He is ashamed that so many men are willing to die for something so less worthwhile than his own purpose while he hesitates.
“Hamlet comes back; what would you undertake/To show yourself indeed your father’s son/More than in words?” (Act 4 Scene 7) King to Laertes after reading the letter of Hamlet’s return and finding out Ophelia is dead, Claudius tries to convince Laertes to have revenge on Hamlet for killing Polonius and indirectly leading to Ophelia’s death. Laertes agrees.
“By the Lord, Horatio, this three years I have took note of it: the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe.” (Act 5 Scene 1) Hamlet to a gravedigger who is digging Ophelia’s grave. The gravedigger is being too cheeky for Hamlet’s liking. He (seriously? Self-mockingly?)laments the day when peasants where appropriately repressed by aristocrats and they knew their place.
“Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,/Might stop a hole to keep the wind away./O, that that earth which kept the world in awe/Should patch a wall t’ expel the winter’s flaw!” (Act 5 Scene 1) Hamlet to Horatio in the graveyard, expresses amazement that everyone, even famous leaders of men like Alexander the Great and Caesar, eventually becomes part of the earth again and could be used for such humble purposes as patching a wall.
“Why, man, they did make love to this employment./They are not near my conscience. Their defeat/Does by their own insinuation grow./’Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes/Between the pass and fell incensed points/of mighty opposites.” (Act 5 Scene 2) Hamlet to Horatio about how he altered the documents that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were delivering to England so that they will be killed when they get there.
“If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,/And when he’s not himself does wrong Laertes, then Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged./His madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy.” (Act 5 Scene 2) Hamlet to Laertes before they are going to duel, says that since he was insane it wasn’t really his fault that he killed Polonius. He then asks for Laertes forgiveness. Laertes doesn’t buy it and still goes through with his plan to murder Hamlet with a poisoned rapier.
“Why, as a woodcock to mine own spring, Osric. I am justly killed with mine own treachery.” (Act 5 Scene 2) Laertes tells Osric that he deserves to be die because his death came about by his own treachery after Hamlet and Laertes switch swards and Hamlet scratches Laertes with the poisonous one

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