Hamlet Quotes from Cam’s AP

“Horatio says tis but our fantasy,and will not let belief take hold of himtouching this dreaded sight, twice seen of us.therefore I have entreated him alongwith us to watch the minutes of this night;that if again this apparition comehe may approve our eyes and speak to it” Marcellus talks to Bernardo, telling him that he has seen a ghost the past 2 nights and wants Horatio to see it as well. This shows Horatio is very well-valued as a scholar and skeptic, and if he sees it too, no one is going mad (yet)
“Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen,the imperial jointress to this warlike state,Have we, as ’twere with a defeated joy,with an auspicious and a dropping eye,with mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage,in equal scale weighing delight and dole,taken to wife.” Claudius is talking to his court, explaining the situation of how his sister-in-law became his wife. He says that it was in the wake of the funeral the wedding took place, showing the speed with which they marriaged and explaining the mixed emotions of the court and Hamlet, who believes they shouldn’t have married at all, much less so soon after his father’s death.
“A little more than kin, and less than kind.” Hamlet speaks as an aside about Claudius, denouncing his relationship as a surrogate son to the new king and showing his animosity to the man he considers an impostor.
“But to perseverin obstinate condolement is a courseof impious stubbornness; ’tis unmanly grief” Claudius speaks to Hamlet, telling him that the prince’s mourning for his dead father is too unseemly and the time for mourning is past.
“We pray you to throw to earththis unprevailing woe, and think of usas of a father, for let the world take noteYou are the most immediate to our throne,and with no less nobility of lovethan that which dearest father bears his sondo I impart to you.” Claudius is reprimanding Hamlet, asking him to let go of his woe and consider him as Hamlet’s new father. He makes the political point that Hamlet is the next in line, and tries to use this to make Hamlet do what he says. This wording gives the feeling that Claudius is trying too hard to win Hamlet over, especially pointing out his nobility compared to the late king’s.
“O that this too too unsullied flesh would melt,thaw and resolve itself into a dew…… It is not, nor cannot come to, good.But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue!” Hamlet’s first soliloquy. Here he bemoans that his uncle has married his mother in an incestuous relationship, still mourns his father’s recent death, and is in a deep stage of depression. This sets up the initial conflict between Hamlet and Claudius. Hamlet also states that he wishes to die, but can’t because he would go to Hell.
“Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meatsdid coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” Hamlet speaks to Horatio, bitterly teasing that the wedding was so quick after the funeral that they used the same foods to celebrate and mourn both occasions.
“Foul deeds will rise,Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” Hamlet as an aside speaks his belief that the ghost will reveal some great sin that was hidden. It is obvious that he believes the men.
“But you must fear,his greatness weigh’d, his will not his own;for he himself is subject to his birth.” Laertes warns Ophelia not to fall in love with Hamlet because he cannot make his choice on whom he marries. Rather, since he is a prince, he must marry so that the country of Denmark is benefited rather than his own desires.
“And keep you in the rear of your affection,out of the shot and danger of desire.The chariest maid is prodigal enoughif she unmask her beauty to the moon.Virtue itself ‘scapes not calumnious strokes.” Laertes warns Ophelia not to love hamlet, as it will ruin her family’s reputation and her own virtuous one.
“Give every man they ear, but few thy voice” Polonius advises Laertes on his journey to France to listen well, but voice his own opinions little so he doesn’t get in trouble.
“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 warns Laertes to dress well but not ostentatiously, as people judge by appearances
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Polonius warns Laertes to never borrow money and thus get in debt or lend money and thus get in debt when they don’t pay it back.
“This above all: to thine own self be true” Polonius advises Laertes to stick to his morals and background, as it will steer him clear of many troubles.
“Do not believe his vows; for they are brokersNot of that dye which their investments show,but mere implorators of unholy suits,breathing like sanctified and pious bonds,the better to beguile.” Laertes tells Ophelia to not love Hamlet as his promises are empty and his rank just lends an air of credibility to him. Laertes is also worried about his own reputation but that is NOT mentioned here.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Marcellus talks to Horatio, worried about Hamlet running after the ghost, which they believe is malevolent. This foreshadows Hamlet’s later madness and the murder of his father.
“Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,and for the day confined to fast in firestill the foul crimes done in my days of natureare burnt and purged away.” The Ghost tells Hamlet of his situation in Purgatory, showing he wasn’t given time to confess before he was killed.
“O my prophetic soul!” Hamlet exclaims this in talking to the Ghost because he has just found that his uncle, who he didn’t like anyway, is responsible for his father’s death.
“Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,with witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts-O wicked wit and gifts, that have the powerSo to seduce! – won to his shameful lustthe will of my most seeming-virtuous wife.” The Ghost talks to Hamlet, blaming Claudius for seducing his innocent wife into his plans.
“Let not the royal bed of Denmark bea couch for luxury and damned incestbut, howsoever thou pursuest this act,Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven.” The Ghost gives Hamlet this command: to reveal Claudius’s crimes, punish not his mother, and to ruin his mind over the revenge. He fails in all, as he only kills Claudius, terrifies his mother, and loses his mind over the situation.
“O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else?And shall I couple Hell? O, fie! Hold, hold, my heart…… That one may smile, and smile, and be a villainAt least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.” Hamlet’s second soliloquy. After hearing his father’s account of his death, Hamlet swears to avenge his father and not stop until the smiling villain is revealed.
“The time is out of joint. O cursed spite,that ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet talks to himself (aside) and laments that he was born to endure such a trial and has to go through this hardship.
“Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth;and thus do we of wisdom and of reachwith windlasses and with assays of biasby indirections find directions out.” Polonius tells his servant-spy to watch Laertes and tell his friends that Laertes is a party-hard frat boy. If he is, his friends will agree. If he isn’t, they will be confused. By spreading rumors, Polonius aims to find out what Laertes has really been doing.
“Brevity is the soul of wit” Polonius is talking to the king and queen about Hamlet, and ironically says this before prattling on for lines about meaningless things. The main point here is irony.
“You are a fishmonger.” Hamlet, pretending to be mad, tells Polonius this. While he is being silly, he is also teasing Polonius and insulting him. Here he says that Polonius controls Ophelia much like a fishmonger (euphemism for pimp) does his girls.
“Though this be madness, yet there is a method in’t” Polonius is thinking out loud and suspects that Hamlet is only pretending or not fully insane.
“O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and countmyself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.” Hamlet, in response to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s accusations of ambition, tells them that he could care less for the throne but instead is plagued by the Ghost and its order.
“What a piece of work is 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, talking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstren, goes off on a tangent about how great mankind is before stating that he cannot be delighted in it, however awesome it is. This is a Reniassance view of man, and so Shakespeare has an anachronism here, as the play is set in the 12th century.
“Now I am aloneO, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!……The play’s the thingWherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.” Hamlet’s 3rd soliloquy. After finding the players and asking them to add a few lines to the play of his choice, Hamlet berates himself for not killing Claudius sooner and laments that while the actor can show is grief for a fictional character, he cannot show his grief for his father. He also debates whether the Ghost is trustworthy, and decides the play will show if Claudius is guilty or not.
“The harlot’s cheek, beautified with plastering art,is not more ugly to the thing that helps itthan is my deed to my most painted word.O heavy burden!” Claudius in an aside reveals his guilt about the murder and reflects that the setup of Ophelia reading the devotional is not unlike him putting on a holy face.
“To be or not to be, that is the question;whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer……The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisonsBe all my sins remembered.” Hamlet’s 4th and most famous soliloquy. He is talking to himself about whether to kill himself or live. He decides that life is useless and death much preferable, but he is too much of a coward to actually do the deed. He sees Ophelia waiting for him at the end.
“Get thee to a nunnery! Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners!” Hamlet, angry at Ophelia for her compliance with his father and show of passion, tells her to never marry as all men are sinners and liars.
“O what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!……O, woe is me,to have seen what I have seen, see what I see!” Ophelia laments that Hamlet, once a charming, athletic, diplomatic, and smart man, has fallen so far into madness. She also berates herself for ever believing him in his declarations of love.
“Give me that man that is not passion’s slave…” Hamlet tells Horatio how much he admires his steadfast character and constant control over his emotions, even in times of crisis. He especially values this because he himself cannot maintain that character.
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The queen, while watching the player’s depiction of Hamlet’s father’s murder, thinks that the wife protests that she will love only her first husband too much and will be unfaithful. She does not realize the irony behind her words, as she is being shown a depiction of herself.
“You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery.” Hamlet tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he knows that they are trying to play him for his secrets and is hurt his childhood friends would help his enemy.
“Tis now the very witching time of night,when churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out……How in my words soever she be shent,to give them seals never, my soul, consent!” Hamlet’s 5th soliloquy. After Claudius shows he is very obviously guilty, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern tell Hamlet that his mother wants to talk with him, Hamlet resolves to tell his mother everything and make her feel guilty.
“Most holy and religious fear it isto keep those many many bodies safethat live and feed upon your Majesty.” Guildenstern tells Claudius that his edict to send Hamlet to England is right because if the King is unwell, the people he governs who depend on him will be unwell. This shows the two friends’ loyalty to sucking up to Claudius
“O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven:It hath the primal curse upon’t,a brother’s murder!” Claudius is confessing his sin to God and cries out his guilt over killing his brother. He references the first murder of Cain and Abel.
“O wretched state! O bosom black as death!O limed soul that, struggling to be free,art more engaged!” Claudius struggles between confessing his guilt and sin and giving up his possessions or suffering silently to stay king. He eventually decides that he would rather keep the kingship.
“Now I might do it pat, now he is praying,and now I’ll do’t……My mother stays.This physic but prolongs thy sickly days.” Hamlet’s 6th soliloquy. He sees Claudius praying and almost kills him but reasons his way out of it because if he killed Claudius now, he would go shriven to Heaven where his father has to serve his time in Purgatory.
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below, Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius finishes praying and decides that since he is still unsure over what to do, he hasn’t fully confessed and doesn’t have to do anything to be cured of his guilt yet.
“Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell!I took thee for thy better.” Hamlet apologizes to Polonius after killing him, telling him that he thought it was Claudius (his better in status) behind the curtain.
“You cannot call it love, for at your agethe heyday in the blood is tame.” Hamlet yells at his mother, demanding a reason behind her marriage to Claudius, her late husband’s brother. He argues that her love isn’t for passion’s reasons.
“O shame! where is thy blush?” Hamlet is still arguing with his mother and asks her where her shame over her incestuous relationship is.
“Confess yourself to heaven.Repent what’s past; avoid what is to come;and do not spread the compost on the weedsto make them ranker.” Hamlet gives this command to his mother. He orders her to confess her sins, stay away from Claudius, and to avoid getting involved with his vendetta.
“For this same lord,I do repent; but heaven hath pleas’d it soto punish me with this, and this with methat I must be their scourge and minister.” Hamlet talks to himself (or Polonius’s dead body) as he drags Polonius from the bedroom. He is justifying Polonius’s death by saying he is Fate’s avenger and the death is just one to ultimately make the situation better.
“I must be cruel, only to be kind.” Hamlet tells his mother that he has to do terrible things so that in the future better things will come. Thus, he is being kind to their future selves by taking revenge.
“Indeed, this counselloris now most still, most secret, and most gravewho was in life a foolish prating knave.” Hamlet talks to his mother, making a joke about his murder of Polonius and saying that the counsellor was never more serious or “grave”. This is either him making light of the dark situation or a sign that his mind is slipping and he finds real humor in this man’s death.
“O come away!My soul is full of discord and dismay.” Claudius talks in an aside. He shows that he is very upset over Hamlet’s murder of Polonius, especially when he learns it could have just as easily been him dead.
“A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.” Through this involved example and metaphor, Hamlet tells Claudius that every man is equal and every man is subject to death, even kings.
“Do it, England.” Claudius speaks to a country not present, expressing his wishes for Hamlet to be “disposed of” in England, which is loyal to Denmark and would follow the order.
“How all occasions do inform against meand spur my dull revenge!…… O from this time forth,My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” Hamlet’s 7th soliloquy. Upon seeing Fortinbras’s army marching to fight and die over an inconsequential land, he wishes he could have the courage and honor that prince had to avenge his own father’s death. He works himself into a fervor, boosting his morale to make himself courageous and kill Claudius
“To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is,Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss.” The Queen talks to herself and reveals her guilt and her terror that Ophelia’s madness portends some future sadness, which it does.
“I hope all will be well. We must be patient. But I cannot chose but weep, to think they would lay him i’ the cold ground. My brother shall know of it. And so I thank you for your good counsel. Come, my coach! Goodnight, ladies. Good night, sweet ladies. Goodnight, goodnight.” Ophelia talks half to the Queen and half to herself in her maddened state. She shows that she is aware of her father’s death, but this last constant in her life is gone, so she is spiraling into madness because she has no one to depend on.
“Let this be so.His means of death, his obscure burial-no trophy, sword, not hatchment o’er his bonesno noble rite nor formal ostentationcry to be heard, as ’twere from heaven to earththat I must call’t in question.” Laertes tells Claudius of his suspicion that the king is behind Polonius’s death, primarily because of the hasty burial he received when he deserved a much better one.
“So you shall;And where the offence is let the great axe fall.I pray you go with me.” Claudius tells Laertes that justice will come to the murderer of the boy’s father. This is ironic and foreshadowing in that Claudius’s judgement is soon to come as well.
‘To cut his throat i’ the church.” Laertes swears to Claudius that he would kill Hamlet, even in a sacred place like a church.
“Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to his favour she must come.” Hamlet tells Yorick’s skull, pretending he is still alive, to go to his mother and tell her that for all the masking of her sin, everyone will be like Yorick is now: dead and judged by heaven.
“Sweets to the sweet! Farewell.” The Queen talks to Ophelia’s grave, throwing flowers in and remarking she is like them in that she was fleeting in her life and beauty
“Let Hercules himself do what he may, the cat will mew, and dog have his day.” Hamlet tells Laertes that he must do what he ought to make things right, for every person has his moment of victory.
“Our indiscretion sometime serves us well,when our deep plots do pall; and that should learn usthere’s a divinity that shapes our endsRough-hew them how we will-“ Hamlet tells Horatio that he has learned that Fate’s decrees will happen, no matter what, and sometimes people’s slip ups result in great fortune on their behalf.
“Without debatement further, more or less,He should the bearers put to sudden deathNot shriving time allow’d.” Hamlet tells Horatio that he made the King’s decree say that the bearers of the letter (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern) were to be put to death immediately and without time to confess their sins.
“Does it not, think thee, stand me now upon-He that hath kill’d my king, and whored my motherPopp’d in between the election and my hopes.” Hamlet in talking to Hortatio finally says that Claudius stole the throne from him. This is the first time he seems ambitious
“There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, ’tis not to come, if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all.” After Horatio tells Hamlet to trust his gut and not fence, Hamlet shows his belief in Fate and references the Bible, saying that what’s meant to be will happen and he trusts God’s plan.
“The King, the king’s to blame.” Laertes, dying from being stabbed by Hamlet and his own poisoned sword, confesses his conspiracy with Claudius and begs Hamlet’s forgiveness.
“If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Absent thee from felicity awhileand in this harsh world draw thy breath in painto tell my story.” Hamlet stops Horatio from downing the rest of the poisoned wine and asks him to live in the hard world and explain Hamlet’s story because otherwise he looks insane.
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to they rest.” Horatio talks to Hamlet’s body, revealing that he has believed the whole time that Hamlet was in the right and worthy of praise
“For he was likely, had he been put on,to have proved most royal; and for his passage,the soldiers’ music and the rites of warspeak loudly for him.” Fortinbras, having made sure he receives the lands he wants back from Denmark, makes a show of honoring Hamlet as the people love him and honoring Hamlet makes the deal of land stronger.

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