Hamlet Quotes and Motif/Theme

“What, hath this thing appeared again tonight?” Marcellus, ghosts
“Poor Ophelia, divided herself from her poor judgement.” King Claudius, suicide
“Frailty thy name is woman.” Hamlet, women and sin
“…as the sea and wind when both contend…My soul is full of discord and dismay.” Gertrude and King Claudius, burden of grief
“Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn and Hell itself breaths out contagion to this world.” Hamlet, ???
“From the fair forehead of an innocent love, and sets a blister there–makes marriage vows as false as dicers’ oaths.” Hamlet, betrayal
“Do not forget. This visitation is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose. But look, amazement on thy mother sits. Oh step between her and her fighting soul..speak to her..” Ghost of King, revenge and innoncence of women
“This is the very coinage of your brain. This bodiless creation…” Gertrude, madness and ghosts
“Hold off the earth a while, till I have caught her once more in mine arms.” Laertes, love and passion
“O most pernicious woman! O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!” Hamlet, betrayal and revenge
“Aye, that incestuous, that adulterate beast, …with traitorous gifts…that have the power so to seduce!…won to his shameful lust the will of my most seeming virtuous Queen!” Ghost of the King, betrayal and revenge, innocence of women
“Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest.” Ghost of the King, incest and betrayal
“We know what we are but know not what we may be.” Ophelia, ???
“I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft.” Hamlet, madness and revenge
“Save me, and hover o’er me with your wings, You heavenly guards! What would your gracious figure?” Hamlet, spiritual world and ghosts
“I like him not, nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range. Therefore prepare you. I your commission will forthwith dispatch, and he to England shall along with you.” King Claudius, betrayal and deception
“I think nothing my lord…You are merry my lord… You are naught, you are naught.” Ophelia, frailty and innocence of women
“This above all: to thine own self be true.” Polonius, ???
“Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister, and keep you in the read of your affection, out of the shot and danger of desire.” Laertes, warning against love and deception
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend. And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” Polonius, importance of status and power
“Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned, bring with thee airs from Heaven or blasts from Hell, be thy intents wicked or charitable thou comest in such a questionable shape.” Hamlet, ghosts
“What day is day, night night, and time is time. Were nothing but to wast night, day, and time. Therefore since brevity is the soul of with and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. Your noble son is mad.” Polonius, ???

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