Hamlet Quotes – Madness

Horatio to Hamlet on how the ghost might… (take his reason and drive him mad) ‘deprive your sovereignty of reason/And draw you into madness’
Polonius tells C+G Hamlet is mad ‘Your noble son is mad’
Claudius on what Hamlet is ruining his own ‘days of quiet’ with ‘With turbulent and dangerous lunacy’
Ophelia despairing over Hamlet’s state after the ‘get thee to a nunnery’ scene ‘O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!/…/That unmatched form and stature of blown youth/Blasted with ecstasy’
Claudius on how madness in important people cannot be overlooked (perhaps a justification of his spying on Hamlet) ‘Madness in great ones must not unwatched go’
Hamlet suggests he is mad in III-ii ‘My wit’s diseased’
Horatio on the words that Hamlet uses to try and cover up why the ghost really came to haunt them ‘These are but wild and whirling words, my lord’
Polonius how there seems to be an objective behind Hamlet’s madness even though it is genuine ‘Though this be madness yet there is/method in’t’
Claudius on how Denmark will not endure Hamlet’s madness ‘The terms of our estate may not endure/Hazard so near us as doth hourly grow/Out of his brows’
Hamlet tries to convince Gertrude that he is telling the truth in the closet scene, and that his words are not a product of his madness ‘It is not madness/That I have uttered. Bring me to the test/And I the matter will reword, which madness/Would gambol from’
Tells Gertrude not to flatter herself with the idea that the fault is with Hamlet’s madness and not her own ‘Lay not that flattering unction to your soul/That not your trespass but my madness speaks’
Hamlet’s melancholy is resting upon something dark within his soul as if it will hatch into something terrible ‘There’s something in his soul/O’er which his melancholy sits on brood’

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