AP Literature Hamlet Quotes Test

“That it should come to this!” Hamlet to self (Act I Scene III)
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” Hamlet about Gertrude (Act I Scene II)
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” Polonius to Laertes (Act I Scene III)
“This above all: to thine own self be true.” Polonius to Laertes (Act Scene III)
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Marcellus to Horatio (Act I Scene IV)
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” Polonius about Hamlet (Act II Scene II)
“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” Hamlet to self (Act III Scene I)
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Gertrude to Hamlet (Act III Scene II)
“A little more than kin, and less than kind.” Hamlet about Claudius (Act I Scene II)
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life, Now wears his crown.” Ghost to Hamlet (Act I Scene V)
“Brevity is the soul of wit,” Polonius to King Claudius and Queen Gertrude (Act II Scene II)
“More matter, with less art.” Queen Gertrude to Polonius (Act II Scene II)
“The play’s the thing, wherein the conscience of the king.” Hamlet to self (Act II Scene II)
“Get thee to a nunnery!” Hamlet to Ophelia (Act III Scene I)
“Madness in great ones must not go unwatch’d.” Claudius to Polonius (Act III Scene I)
“You would play upon me. You would seem to know my stops.” Hamlet to Guildenstern (Act III Scene II)
“I will speak daggers to her but use none.” Hamlet to self (Act III Scene II)
“Oh, my offence is rank. It smells to heaven.” Claudius to self (Act III Scene III)
“To cut his throat i’ th’ church.” Laertes to Claudius (Act IV Scene VII)
“Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia.” Laertes to Gertrude (Act IV Scene VII)
“The devil take thy soul!” Laertes to Hamlet (Act V Scene I)
“Goodnight sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” Horatio to Hamlet (Act V Scene II)
“Stay! Speak, speak! I charge thee, speak.” Horatio to Ghost (Act I Scene I)
“O that this too too solid flesh would melt, That, and resolve itself into a dew.” Hamlet to self (Act I Scene II)
“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” Ghost to Hamlet (Scene I Act V)
“The time out of joint! O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right.” Hamlet to Horatio, Marcellus, and Ghost (Scene I Act V)
“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties.” Hamlet to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz (Act II Scene II)
“Do you think I am easier to be played on that a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.” Hamlet to Guildenstern (Act III Scene II)
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius to self (Act III Scene III)
“O shame, where is the blush!” Hamlet to Gertrude (Act III Scene IV)
“O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth!” Hamlet to self (Act IV Scene IV)
“He is dead and gone, lady, he is dead and gone.” Ophelia to Gertrude (Act IV Scene V)
“…herself, Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread side, and mermaidlike.” Gertrude to Laertes (Act IV Scene VIII)
“Sweets to the sweet! Farewell.” Gertrude to the Ophelia (Act V Scene I)
“The cat will mew and the dog will have his day.” Hamlet to Horatio (Act V Scene I)
“I am justly killed with my own treachery.” Laertes to Osric (Act V Scene II)
“The drink, the drink! I am poisoned.” Gertrude to Hamlet (Act V Scene II)
“The king, the king’s to blame.” Laertes to Hamlet (Act V Scene II)
“Let four captains, bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage.” Fortinbras to Horatio (Act V Scene II)