Hamlet Quotes Acts 1-5

“Our sometime sister, now our Queen” Claudius in beginning speech 1
“A little more than kin, and less than kind.” Hamlet in aside while with Claudius 1
“Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not ‘seems.'” Hamlet to Gertrude 1
“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt. Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew.” Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide 1
“How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world.” Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide 1
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide 1
“Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak’d meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” Hamlet to Horatio 1
“For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favors, Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood; A violet in the youth of prime nature, Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,The perfume and suppliance of a minute — No more.” Laertes to Ophelia about Hamlet’s love 1
“Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.And rocks no.” Ophelia to Laertes 1
“Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgarGive every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.” Polonius to Laertes 1
“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man.” Polonius to Laertes 1
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be: For loan oft loses both itself and friend.” Polonius to Laertes 1
“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 to Laertes 1
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Marcellus to Horatio 1
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s lifeNow wears his crown.” Ghost to Hamlet 1
“Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin.” Ghost to Hamlet 1
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in you philosophy.” Hamlet to Horatio 1
“The time is out of joint; O cursed spite,That ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet to Marcellus and Horatio 1
“He raised a sigh so piteous and profound as it did seem to shatter all his bulk and end his being.” Ophelia to Polonius about Hamlet 2
“Doubt thou the stars are fire;Doubt that the sun doth move;Doubt truth to be a liar;But never doubt I love” Polonius reading a letter from Hamlet to Ophelia 2
“Though this be madness, yet there is a method in’t-“ Polonius about Hamlet 2
“You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal — except my life, except my life, except my life,” Hamlet to Polonius 2
The earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air — look you, this brave overhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire” Hamlet 2
“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and 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 2
“I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw” Hamlet 2
“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 sea of troubles, and by opposing end them.” Hamlet to himself 3
“Whe he himself might his quietus make with a bare bodkin?” Hamlet to himself 3
“But that the dread of something after death the undiscover’d country, from whose bourn no traveller returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of?” Hamlet to himself 3
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.” Hamlet to himself 3
“Get thee to a nunnery.” Hamlet to Ophelia 3
“Oh, what a noble mind is here overthrown! The courtier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue, sword, the expectancy and rose of the fair state, the glass of fashion and the mould of form.” Ophelia talking about Hamlet 3
“It shall do well. But yet do I believe the origin and commencement of his grief sprung from neglected love.” Polonius talking to Claudius about Hamlet 3
“To England send him; or confine him where your wisdom best shall think.” Polonius talking to Claudius about Hamlet 3
“Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go.” Claudius talking to Polonius about Hamlet 3
“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. But if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.” Hamlet talking the the Three Players 3
“Yet, though I distrust, discomfort you, my lord, it nothing must; for women’s fear and love hold quantity, in neither aught, or in extremity. Now, what my love is, proof hath made you know; and as my love is sized, my fear is so.” Play Queen talking to Play King 3
“In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second but who killed the first.” Play Queen talking to Play King 3
“A second time I kill my husband dead when second husband kisses me in bed.” Play Queen talking to Play King 3
“What to ourselves in passion we propose, the passion ending, doth the purpose lose. The violence of with grief or joy their own enactors with themselves destroy. Where joy most revels grief doth most lament; grief joys, joy grieves, on slender accident.” Play King talking to Play Queen 3
“But orderly to end where I begun, out wills and fates do so contrary run that our devices still are overthrown; our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. So think thou wilt no second husband wed; but die thy thoughts when thy first lord is dead.” Play King talking to Play Queen 3
“Meet what I would have well, and it destroy, both here and hence pursue me lasting strife, if, once a wider, ever I be wife!” Play Queen talking to Play King 3
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Gertrude talking to Hamlet about Play Queen 3
“You would play upon me. You would seem to know my stops. You would pluck out the heart of my mystery. you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass. And there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak.” Hamlet talking to Guildenstern 3
“I will speak daggers to her but use none.” Hamlet talking to Polonius about Gertrude 3
“Therefore prepare you. I, your commission, will forthwith dispatch, And he to England shall along with you.The terms of our estate may not endure.” Claudius talking to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz about Hamlet 3
“Behind the arras I’ll convey myself To hear the process. I’ll warrant she’ll tax him home.” Polonius 3
“Oh, my offense is rank. It smells to heaven,It hath the primal eldest curse upon ‘t,A brother’s murder. Pray can I not.Though inclination be as sharp as will,My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent.” Claudius to himself 3
“But in our circumstance and course of thought’Tis heavy with him. And am I then revenged To take him in the purging of his soulWhen he is fit and seasoned for his passage?” Hamlet talking about Claudius 3
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius 3
“Oh, thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell. I took thee for thy better.” Hamlet to the dead Polonius 3
“Look here upon this picture and on this, The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. See, what a grace was seated on this brow?” Hamlet talking to Gertrude about Claudius 3
“I must be cruel, only to be kind.” Hamlet talking to Gertrude 3
“Mad as the sea and wind when both contend which is the mightier.” Gertrude 4
“But, like the owner of a foul disease, to keep it form divulging, let it feed even on the pith of life.” Claudius 4
“hee weeps for what is done” Gertrude 4
“But we must with all our majesty and skill both countenance and excuse,” Claud 4
“Take you me for a sponge, my lord?” Ros/Guild to Hamlet 4
“Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved or not at all.” Claud 4
“Your worm is your only emperor for diet.” Hamlet 4
“For like the hectic in my blood he rages, and thou must cure me.” Claud 4
“Tell him that by his license Fortinbras carves the conveyance of a promised march over his kingdom.” Fortinbras 4
“We got to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name” Captain 4
“Two thousand should and twenty thousand ducats will not debate the question of this straw.” Hamlet 4
“What is a man if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed?” Hamlet 4
“her speech is nothing, yet the unshaped use of it doth move the hearers to collection.” Gentleman about Ophelia 4
“There good she were spoken with, for she may strew dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds,” Horatio 4
“So full of artless jealousy is guilt, it spills itself in fearing to be split.” Gertrude 4
“Lord, we know what we are but know not what we may be.” Ophelia 4
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” Claud 4
“To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackout devil! Conscience and grace to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation. To this point I stand” Laertes 4
“That we would do we should do when we would; for this ‘would’ changes” Claud 4
“To cut his throat i’ th’ church” Laertes 4
“Revenge should have no bounds” King 4
“I’ll touch my point with this contagion, that, if I gall his slightly, it may be death” Laertes 4
“I’ll have prepared him a chalice for the nonce” Claud 4
“There is a willow grows askant the brook that shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream” Gertrude 4
“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back on thousand times, And now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!” Hamlet at gravesite
“Sweets to the sweet” Gertrude at the grave placing flowers Ophelia’s casket 5
“But I am very sorry, good Horatio, that to Laertes I forgot myself; For by the image of my cause I see the portrait of his.” Hamlet realizing that he and Laertes had similar quests and pains 5
“If it be now, ’tis not to come; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all.” Hamlet to Horatio about death. 5
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and lights of angel s sing thee to thy resting place.” Horatio to Hamlet’s dead body in front of the court 5

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