Hamlet Quotes

“A little more than kin and less than kind.” Hamlet (Hamlet’s father has recently died and Claudius tries to speak to Hamlet)(As an insult to Claudius, meaning that they are more related but Hamlet is upset at this) (1.2.67)
“O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter!” Hamlet (Hamlet’s first soliloquy and still depressed over his father’s death) (Would commit suicide, but it is a sin) (1.2.133-138)
“Let me not think on ‘t; frailty, thy name is woman!” Hamlet (Hamlet’s first soliloquy and still depressed over his father’s death) (Insulting his mother being a woman and as a woman, being weak) (1.2.150)
“Be wary, then; best safety lines in fear. Youth to itself rebels though none else near.” Polonius (Giving advice to Ophelia before Laertes leaves) (Be aware and scared, unpredictable people might arise) (1.3.47-48)
“This above all: to thine own self be true.” Polonius (Advice to Laertes) (Be yourself) (1.3.84)
” ‘Tis in my memory locked, and you yourself shall keep the key of it.” Ophelia (She will remember Laertes’ advice before he leaves) (1.3.92-92)
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Marcellus (Hamlet is beckoned by Hamlet (Senses false info. and treachery) (1.4.100)
“Adeu, Adeu, remember me.” Ghost Hamlet (Leaves Hamlet) (Remember Hamlet) (1.5.98)
“That one may smile and smile and be a villain” Hamlet (Thinking of how Claudius is truly evil after the ghost leaves)(Don’t trust those hidden under false smiles, in reference to Claudius) (1.5.115)
“O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right” Hamlet (Hamlet is making his friends swear to not talk about the ghost) (Hamlet decides to avenge his father) (1.5.210)
“More matter with less art.” Queen Gertrude (Polonius is stalling is give news)(Get to the point-Talking to Polonius) (2.2.103)
“Doubt thou the stars are fire Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” Hamlet (Polonius is showing Hamlet’s love letter to prove that Hamlet love for Ophelia is the reason for his madness)(2.2.124-127)
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” Polonius (He tries to pry information about Hamlet’s madness by talking to Hamlet)(Talking about Hamlet’s madness) (2.2.223-224)
“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. Hamlet (Hamlet meets up with his “friends,” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern) (You can see anything as good or bad, to Hamlet, Denmark is like a prison) (2.2.268-270)
“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable: in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god…” Hamlet (Still talking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern after meeting up) (Bragging on how amazing humanity is, before bash them into the ground) (2.2.327-330)
“Bloody, bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kind less villain!” Hamlet (After the players first practice there lines and Hamlet is alone) (Referencing Claudius) (2.2.607-609)
“Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.” Hamlet (After the players first practice there lines and Hamlet is alone) (Referring to Claudius’s guilt showing during the play if he murdered Hamlet) (2.2.634)
To be, or not to be–that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortuneOr to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd 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 consummationDevoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,For in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause. Hamlet (To be or not to be soliloquy before talking with Ophelia) (Contemplating suicide, death, and life) (3.1)
“Take these again, for to noble mind rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. There, my lord.” Ophelia (Returning Hamlet’s gift while talking because he became unkind to her) (During the Ophelia Trap)(3.1.110-112)
“O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!” Ophelia (When Hamlet speaks nonsense to her/trap) (The royal and smart mind of Hamlet has been lost) (3.1.163)
“O woe is me, t’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see.” Ophelia (When Hamlet is speaking nonsense/trap) (Comparing how Hamlet acted in the past to the present) (3.1.174-175)
“Then there’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year. Hamlet (Discussing with Ophelia about a man’s memory before the play starts) (3.2.139-141)
“It shall be so. Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” King Claudius (Claudius and Polonius discuss their plans for Hamlet) (Be careful around Hamlet, he is mad but smart) (3.1.202-203)
Ophelia: “‘Tis brief, my lord.” Hamlet: “As woman’s love.” Ophelia and Hamlet (Discussing the prologue of the play) (Hamlet saying a woman’s love is brief) (3.2.174-175)
“A second time I kill my husband dead when second husband kisses me in bed.” Player Queen (During the play; an actor states this)(Betraying her husband with another) (3.2.207-208)
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Queen Gertrude (She critiques the personality of herself during the play) (She does not like the lady (herself) (3.2.254)
“Blood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me instrument you will, though you can fret you can not play upon me.” Hamlet (After the play)(Hamlet confronts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s’ treachery) (3.2.399-402)
“Let me be cruel, not unnatural. I will speak daggers to her, but use none.” Hamlet (Before Hamlet talks with his mother) (Will verbally be mean to his mother but not physically) (3.2.428-429)
“My words fly up, thought remain below; words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius (After the play)(Tries to pray, be can not) (3.3.102-103)
“Or but a sickly part of one true sense could not so mope. O shame, where is thy blush? Hamlet (Whilst talking to his mother and warning her about Claudius) (Hamlet does not know why his mother does not show guilt or sorrow towards King Hamlet’s death) (3.4.91-92)
“O Hamlet, speak no more! Thou turn’st my eyes into my very soul.” Gertrude (While talking to Hamlet in her bedroom)(She is in agony from Hamlet’s verbal abuse) (3.4.99-100)
“These words like daggers enter into my ears. No more, sweet Hamlet!” Queen Gertrude(While talking to Hamlet in her bedroom) (She is in agony from Hamlet’s verbal abuse) (3.4.108-109)
“O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain!” Queen Gertrude (While talking to Hamlet)(Broken hearted from Hamlet’s verbal abuse) (3.4.177)
“I must be cruel only to be kind.” Hamlet (While talking to Gertrude and explaining his actions) (He has to do bad to do overall good) (3.4.199)
“And blow them at the moon. O ’tis most sweet when in one line two crafts directly meet.” Hamlet (Hamlet making plans after talking with his mother)(Enjoys the game) (3.4.232-233)
“A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward, I do not know.” Hamlet A soliloquy delivered after seeing an army from Norway attacking Poland)(Hamlet thinks he is a coward) (4.4.44-46)
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions; first, her father slain: next, your son gone.” King Claudius (Referencing Ophelia’s cause for madness after witnessing it)(Bad things happen at once) (4.5.83-85)
“O heavens, is ‘t possible a young maid’s wits should be as mortal as an old man’s life? Laertes (Witnesses Ophelia’s madness) (Is it possible to have a mind as weak as an old man) (4.5.183-184)
“So you shall and where th’ offense is, let the great ax fall. I pray you, go with me. Claudius (Trying to trick Laertes to kill Hamlet)(4.5.243-245) (Justice on Hamlet)
“Sweets to the sweet, farewell!” Queen Gertrude (Sad at Ophelia’s death at her funeral) (5.1.254)
“Let Hercules himself do what he may the cat will mew, and the dog will have its day. Hamlet (After he fights Laertes)(Consequences may happen, but the good side will prevail)(5.1.310-311)
“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.” Hamlet (Hamlet says before revealing that he has gotten Rosencrantz and Guildenstern killed)(God and fate shape what happens)(5.2.11)
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,But that the dread of something after death,The undiscovered country, from whose bournNo traveller returns, puzzles the will,And makes us rather bear those ills we haveThan fly to others that we know not of?Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,And thus the native hue of resolutionIs sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,And enterprise of great pitch and momentWith this regard their currents turn awryAnd lose the name of action. — Soft you now,The fair Ophelia! — Nymph, in thy orisonsBe all my sins remembered. Hamlet (To be or not to be soliloquy before talking with Ophelia)(Contemplating suicide, death, and life) (3.1)
There’s the respectThat makes calamity of so long life.For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumelyThe pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,The insolence of office, and the spurnsThat patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,When he himself might his quietus makeWith a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear. Hamlet (To be or not to be soliloquy before talking with Ophelia)(Contemplating suicide, death, and life) (3.1)
“If your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither and say you are not fit.” Horatio (wWarning Hamlet before the duel) (If anything seems wrong, bail) (5.2.231-232)
No a wit. We defy augury. There us a special province in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now ’tis not to come.” Hamlet (Telling Horatio before the duel)(Let fate take it course, if not now, then later, fight Laertes) (5.2.233-235)
“I am justly killed with mine own treachery.” Laertes (When Laertes admits to poisoning his sword and is stabbed) (Has been killed by his own poisoned sword) (5.2.337)
“Now cracks noble heart. Good night, sweet princes and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” Horatio (Wishing Hamlet to go to heaven and morning over death) (5.2.397-399)
“I am but mad north-north west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” Hamlet (When Hamlet detects treachery from Guildenstern and Rosencrantz and when the players arrive) (I may see mad, but I the see obvious things and differences) (2.2.402-403)
“Than are dreamt in your philosophy. But come. Here as before never so help mercy.” Hamlet (Ghost scene telling friends to not mention the night) (1.5.188-189)

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