Hamlet quotes

All that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity (Act 1 Scene 2) Gertrude to Hamlet comforting him over Old Hamlet’s death
Oh most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!/ It is not and cannot come to good (Act 1 Scene 2) 1st soliloquy Hamlet to himself cursing his mother for being a hoe so quickly after the death of his father
Hear you, sir/ Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice/ Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment (Act 1 Scene 3) Polonius to Laertes giving advice to his son before he leaves for Paris
This above all- to thine own self be true;/ Ad it must follow, as the night the day,/ Thou canst not then be false to any man (Act 1 Scene 3) Polonius to Laertes giving important advice to his son (most important piece of advice)
Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love (Act 2 Scene 2) Polonius to Gertrude reading Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia. Hamlet saying doubt everything else before you doubt I love you
What a piece of work is a 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 (Act 2 Scene 2) Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet confessing he no longer has any meaning for life, saying human greatness becomes useless when we are dead
To be, or not to be, that is the question:Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to sufferThe Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,And by opposing end them (Act 3 Scene 1) Hamlet to himself talking about suicide
The lady doth protest too much, methinks (Act 3 scene 2) Gertrude to Hamlet talking about the play within a play
Let me be cruel, not unnatural; I will speak daggers to her, but use none (Act 3 scene 2) Hamlet to himself talking about how he will talk to Gertrude and use his words to hurt
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below/ Words without thoughts never to heaven go (Act 3 Scene 3) Claudius to himself trying to pray but he is still guilty
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 (Act 3 Scene 3) Hamlet to himself contemplating whether or not he should kill Claudius while he prays
I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind (Act 3 Scene 4) Hamlet to himself telling himself he must be mean to Gertrude in order to knock sense into her
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but battalions (Act 4 Scene 5) Claudius to Gertrude talking about how when things are bad, they are terrible and they all come at once
I’m lost in it, my lord. But let him come/ It warms the very sickness in my heart,/ That I shall live and tell him to his teeth/’Thus digest thou (Act 4 Scene 7) Laertes to Claudius. Laertes telling Claudius he is ready for revenge. Claudius is edging him on and using him as a pawn
I lov’d Ophelia: forty thousand brother/ Could not, with all their quantity of love/ Make up my sum (Act 5 Scene 1) Hamlet to Laertes confessing his love for Ophelia even though she is dead
Sweets to the sweet! Farewell/ I thought thy bride bed to have decked, sweet maid,/ And not have strewed thy grave (Act 5 Scene 1) Gertrude to Ophelia wishing Ophelia had a different fate and wished that she was her daughter
Hamlet, thou art slain… Thy mother’s poisoned./ I can no more. The King, the King’s to blame (Act 5 Scene 2) Laertes to Hamlet saying there was poison on the sword and reveals Claudius’ plot to kill Hamlet
Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet Prince,/ And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest (Act 5 Scene 2) Horatio to dead Hamlet paying his respects
Why man, they did make love to this employment./ They are not near my conscience. Their defeat/ Does by their own insinuation grow (Act 5 Scene 2) Hamlet to Horatio saying he doesn’t give a hoot about the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern because they betrayed him and plotted against him
Let four captains/ Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage…/ Such a sight as this/ Becomes the field, but here show much amiss (Act 5 Scene 2) Fortinbras to everybody honoring Hamlet and saying that he should be loved
act I- “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt… but break, my hart; for I must hold my tongue” soliloquy theme: disgust and anger,key events: Claudius and Gertrude tell Hamlet that his grief is “unmanly” and to get over his father’s death; Hamlet confronts the ghost for the first time
act 2- “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I…More relative than this: the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” soliloquy theme: cowardice, shame, self- disgustkey events: Polonius decides that Hamlet is mad because Ophelia has rejected him; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive as spies for claudius
act 3- “to be or not to be… be all my sins remember’d””now might I do it pat, now he is praying…as hell, whereto it goes. M mother stays: this physic but prolongs thy sickly days” soliloquy 1 theme: merit in living or dying, moralitysoliloquy 2 theme: guilt, forgiveness, greedkey events: Play within a play confirms Claudius’ guilt for Hamlet; Hamlet “accidentally” stabs Polonius; Hamlet berates Ophelia for her honesty and behavior
act 4- “how all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge!… My thought be bloody, or be nothing worth” soliloquy theme: revenge, resolve for actionkey events: Ophelia “drowns” in a pond surrounded by flowers; Hamlet plans to return to avenge his father’s death after learning of Fortenbra’s bravery; Laertes and Claudius plot to kill Hamlet doing a sword fight
sponge metaphor- Hamlet and Rosencrantz R soaks up the king’s approval and rewards and decisions, when the king needs what R has gathered he just squeezes it out of him and R then will be sent on a new mission, “filling himself up” with something else the king needs; when r does’t understand what Hamlet is saying, Hamlet calls him a fool
worm imagery- Claudius and Hamlet it does’t matter if you are a king or a poor man, once buried, the worms eat you no matter what you are; aso, the worms eating the deceased is supposed to reflect corruption “eating” denmark