Hamlet Famous Lines

O that this too too sallied flesh would melt… Hamlet soliloquy (wishes that tainted/incestuous blood of royal family would be gone)
Frailty, thy name is woman! Hamlet soliloquy (to Gertrude – believes all women are weak because angry at his mother)
Foul deeds will rise, / Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes Hamlet to himself (anticipating ghost, bad deeds will be exposed)
Do not as some ungracious pastors do, / Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine, / Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads Ophelia to Laertes (do not be a hypocrite, do as you preach, don’t take the shortcut to heaven while you tell others to take the harder route)
Neither a borrower nor a lender be Polonius to Laertes (don’t borrow or lend because it tends to ruin friendships)
This above all, to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man Polonius to Laertes (be true to yourself)
You speak like a green girl Polonius to Ophelia (you are so fresh/innocent/naive)
Giving more light than heat Polonius to Ophelia (Hamlet may be exaggerating his love for her, not much of his passion is true love)
… it is a custom / More honored in the breach than the observance Hamlet to Horatio (partying is a tradition, but would prefer to ignore than to observe)
And for my soul, what can it do to that. / Being a thing immortal as itself? Hamlet to Horatio (what can the ghost do to harm me, as it is immortal?)
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Marcellus to Horatio (foreshadowing bad things to happen)
Murder most foul Ghost to Hamlet (terrible murder)
there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy Hamlet to Horatio (there are things beyond what you can perceive)
As I perchance hereafter shall think meet / To put an antic disposition on Hamlet to Horatio (I think I will act a bit crazy later on)
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite That ever I was born to set it right! Hamlet to Horatio (So much is messed up these days. Curse that it is up to me to fix everything!)
Brevity is the soul of wit Polonius to Claudius and Gertrude (those wise can explain simply)
More matter, with less art Gertrude to Polonius (get to the point)
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t Polonius to Hamlet (There is a madness/strategy to his madness)
…there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so Hamlet to Rosencrantz (nothing is either good or bad. It depends on our opinions of it)
What a piece of work is a man! Hamlet to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz (men are so complicated and deceiving!)
I am but mad north-north-west; when the wind is southernly / I know a hawk from a handsaw. Hamlet to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz (I am only mad sometimes. Otherwise, I know what’s what.)
What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba / That he should weep for her? Hamlet to play (Why pity Hecuba?)
… the devil hath power / T’assume a pleasing shape… Hamlet soliloquy (the ghost may well be a devil)
The play’s the thing / Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King Hamlet soliloquy (I’ll catch the king’s guilt in the play)
To be, or not to be, that is the question Hamlet soliloquy (should I or should I not?)
The glass of fashion and the mould of form, / The observed of all observers… Ophelia to Hamlet (Hamlet used to be the beloved of the country)
It out-Herods Herod Hamlet to play (It’s worse than even King Herod)
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action Hamlet to play (act well)
The lady doth protest too much, methinks Gertrude to Hamlet (the lady thinks too much on her stance)
O shame, where is thy blush? Hamlet to Gertrude (Where is your shame?)
A king of shreds and patches! Hamlet to Gertrude (Claudius is unworthy)
…tis the sport to have the engineer / Hoist with his own petar… Hamlet to Gertrude (It’s natural for the schemer to get caught/hurt in his schemes)
How all occasions do inform against me… Hamlet soliloquy (everything acts against me)
There’s such divinity doth hedge a king Claudius to Laertes (the king is protected by god)
To cut his throat i’ th’ church Laertes to Claudius (on Hamlet, killing Hamlet in church)
Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, / And therefore I forbid my tears… Laertes to Ophelia (You’ve had too much water, Ophelia, so I won’t cry)
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio! Hamlet to Horatio (I knew the court jester)
Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay Hamlet to Horatio (even the mighty face death)
Sweets to the sweet! Gertrude to Ophelia (Ophelia was a sweet girl)
I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers / Could not with all their quantity of love / Make up my sum Hamlet to Laertes (I loved Ophelia more than anyone)
Let Hercules himself do what he may, / The cat will mew, and the dog will have his day. Hamlet to all (not even Hercules’ strength can keep things from going back to what they were)
There’s a divinity that shapes our ends Hamlet to Horatio (fate determines everything)
…there’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow Hamlet to Horatio (fate controls everything, even sparrows)
Why, as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric. / I am justly killed with mine own treachery. Laertes to Osric (I am caught in my own trap / I brought my own end)
That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Ambassador to all (as it says)
Let four captains / Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage… Fortinbras to Horatio (let soldiers honor Hamlet)