Hamlet Quotes Act 3

Scene 1 – Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy and line “To be or not to be, that is the question – whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a seas of troubles, and by opposing end them”
On what he could do questioning how easy death would be “To die, to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream. Ay there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil”
How easy suicide would be “When he himself might his quietus make with a bare bodkin?”
How no one knows what is after death “But that the dread of something after death, the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns”
How guilt makes you weak “thus conscience does make cowards of us all”
Speaking with Ophelia on how men are untrustworthy “we are arrant knaves all, believe none of us”
On his opinion of marriage “I say we will have no mo marriages. Those that are married already all but one shall live, the rest shall keep as they are”
Scene 2 – Talking to the players before the play, how he wants it done “Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you”
Advising “Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor”
Adamant that he wants it done perfectly “for anything so o’erdone is from the purpose of playing”
Talking to Horatio about their plan and what the play will entail “One scene of it comes near the circumstance which I have told thee of my father’s death”
Asking him to watch Claudius’ reactions “Observe my uncle. If his occulted guilt do not itself unkennel in one speech, it is a damned ghost that we have seen”
His fathers memory “Then there’s hope a great man’s memory may outlive his life half a year”
Watching the play Hamlet speaking to Claudius and Ophelia on the jokes “No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest, no offence I’th’ word”
Being harsh to Ophelia on her affections “I could interpret between you and your love if I could see the puppets dallying”
The king has left the show, Hamlet speaking with Horatio “O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound”
Speaking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern after they were sent by his mother “Why look you now how unworthy a thing you make of me”
Taking offence by R&G ” ‘Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me”
Hamlet soliloquy – time of night ” ‘Tis now the very witching time of night”
On talking of how he will act towards his mother “Let me be cruel, not unnatural: I will speak daggers to her but use none”
Scene 3 – Hamlet sneaking up behind Claudius whilst he thinks he is praying “Now might I do it … and so a goes to heaven and so am I revenged”
The logic behind the actions he could take “A villain kills my father, and for that, I his sole son do this same villain send to heaven”
All of the sins he has committed “When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in th’incestuous pleasure of his bed”
Scene 4 – Speaking to his mother in her chambers “Mother, you have my father much offended”
Philosophical towards her “You go not till I set you up a glass where you may see the inmost part of you”
After killing Polonius “A bloody deed? Almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king and marry with his brother”
Looking at Polonius’ body “Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell”
Telling his mother to listen to what he has to say “Peace! Sit you down and let me wring your heart”
When Gertrude asks what she has done wrong “Such an act that blurs the grace and blush of modesty”
Showing her a painting “This was your husband. Look you now what follows”
On her age and what love is to someone her age “You cannot call it love, for at your age, the heyday in the blood is tame, it’s humble”
What evil force has caused you to do this “What devil was’t that thus hath cozened you at hoodman-blind”
When Gertrude pleads with him to stop “Nay, but to live in the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, stewed in corruption”
Confess all your sins to heaven “Whiles rank corruption, mining all within, infects unseen. Confess yourself to heaven, repent what’s past, avoid what is to come”
Saying he has to be mean to be nice “I must be cruel only to be kind”
Saying that she has to listen to all this to understand him “Make you to ravel all this matter out, that I essentially am not in madness but mad in craft”
Talking about Polonius and looking at his body “This counsellor is now most still, most secret, and most grave, who was in life a foolish pratting knave”

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