Important Hamlet Quotes

Hamlet: who had an inkling that something was weird with his uncle “O my prophetic soul”
Gerturde interprets Hamlet’s madness in this way due to her guilty conscience “I doubt it is no other but the main, his father’s death and our o’erhasty marriage”
Hamlet to Polonius- When polonius confronts hamlet…trying to see if he is really in love with his daughter… means pimp “Excellent well, you are a fishmonger”
Hamlet soliloquy–He actually has motive to kill “Had he the motive and the cue for passion that I have? He would down the stage with tears”
King to Gertrude concerning Polonius’ death: It could have been me. “O heavy deed. It had been so with us had we been there”
Hamlet to King: You can go to hell. You will smell his rotting body. A physical and mental thing “Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar”
“Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak’d meatsDid coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” Hamlet : the funeral and wedding are so close they used the leftovers for the wedding
Neither a borrower nor a lender be:For loan oft loses both itself and friend.” Polonius to Laertes
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Marcellus : something is not right
“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief. Your noble son is mad” Polonius says this. He is saying that the essence of wisdom is not talking too much, which is ironic (Shakespeare) because Polonius talks A LOT.
“and my young mistress thus I did bespeak:”Lord Hamlet is a prince out of thy star.This must not be. polonius : says to his daughter that Hamlet is a prince and is out of her league, not ment for her
In the secret parts of Fortune? Oh, most true. She is a strumpet. What news? Hamlet : he says that she is a slut and it is not a coinncedence
Look whe’e he has not turned his color and has tears in ‘s eyes.—Prithee, no more. polonius : how the actor has turned red and has tears in his eyes and that it was enough.
“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king?’. Meaning, by re-enacting the scene where the king killed hamlet’s father, hamlet will see the rush of guilt the king will experience on his face when the king witnesses the play.
“to be or not to be” Hamlet : He is contemplating life — to live or not to live.
get thee to a nunnery … hamlet to ophelia exhorts Ophelia to put herself away so that she may never breed sinners like Hamlet. all men decieve of women by nature and she should protect herself from by fleeing herself to protection by a nunnery incase.
What is the meaning of the phrase ” Lady doth protests too much,methinks…”? gerturde : means that when someone denies something too much and too often, they’re usually lying. They’ve done whatever it is they’re accused of and trying too hard to cover their tracks. OVERDOING IT.
‘Sblood, do you think I ameasier to be played on than a pipe? Call me whatinstrument you will, though you can fret me, yet youcannot play upon me. Hamlet : he compares deception and playing an inst. to mock his frenemies they are not skilled to “play him”
O heart, lose not thy nature, let not everThe soul of Nero enter this firm bosom.Let me be cruel, not unnatural : i will speak daggers to her but use more. hamlet : as he exits tells his heart to not grow weak to let him be cruel but not inhuman. that he would speak as sharp as a dagger but will not use one on her.
“O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t a brothers murder . Pray can I not, though inclination be as sharp as will. Spoken by Claudius. Claudius refers to his murdering his own brother so he can take his place as King and husband of Gertrude. He is knows that what he has done is truly dreadful and equates it to Cain & Abel (primal eldest curse…)
Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;And now I’ll do’t. And so he goes to heaven; And so am I revenged. That would be scann’d: A villain kills my father; and for that,I, his sole son, do this same villain sendTo heaven. Hamlet :Hamlet sees Claudius praying alone, but hesitates to kill him because it would send his soul to heaven.
Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell.I took thee for thy better. You low-life, nosy, busybody fool, goodbye. I thought you were somebody more important.
“I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.”? you have to be cruel to teach consequences ex: being grounded

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