Hamlet Quotes

“I am justly killed by my own treachery” (speaker and context) Laertes; Laertes tried to help Claudius kill Hamlet. He says this after he is stabbed by his own poison-tipped sword.
“It harrows me with fear and wonder” (speaker and context) Horatio; He says this when he sees the ghost.
“Therefore our sometime sister, now our queen…” (speaker and context) Claudius; This is at the press conference where Claudius is being introduced to the public as king. He is introducing Gertrude as his wife and queen.
“But look, the _____ in russet mantle clad walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill” (speaker) morn; Horatio
“This above all: to thine own self be true…” (speaker) Polonius
“Thus ______ does make cowards of us all…” (speaker) conscience; Hamlet
“It shall be so. _______ in great ones must not unwatched go” (speaker) Madness; Claudius
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks” (speaker and context) Gertrude; She says this after the “mouse trap” play to Hamlet. It’s ironic because the play is being shown to prove Claudius is guilty. The lady actually represents Gertrude in a way. Hamlet is upset with Gertrude because she’s not protesting the situation enough.
“There’s a _______ that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will–” (speaker) divinity; Hamlet
“Get thee to a nunnery” (speaker, spoken to, and context) Hamlet; Ophelia; This is said after the “to be or not to be” soliloquy. Polonius and Claudius are spying on Hamlet. He’s upset with Ophelia for being a part of the plan.
“What I have done that might your nature, honor, and exception roughly awake, here I proclaim was _______” (speaker and spoken to) madness; Hamlet; Laertes
“Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest” (speaker and spoken to) Ghost; Hamlet
“Let me be cruel, not unnatural. I will speak daggers to her, but use none” (speaker and context) Hamlet; Hamlet is talking about what he is going to do to Gertrude. He doesn’t want to actually hurt her because she’s still his mother, whether he agrees with her actions or not.
“Not a whit. We defy augury. There is a special _______ in the fall of a _______” (speaker) providence; sparrow; Hamlet
“But I do prophesy the election lights on ________; he has my dying voice. So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less, which have solicited– the rest is ________” Fortinbras; silence; Hamlet
“A little more than ____ and less than ______” (speaker, spoken to, and context) Hamlet; Claudius; Hamlet says this after his mother and Claudius get married. He finds it strange that Claudius would marry his deceased brother’s wife- too many family ties there for him.
“Let me not think on ‘t; frailty thy name is woman!” (speaker, context) Hamlet; Hamlet says this after having a frustrating conversation with his mother and Claudius. He finds her to be very weak.
“But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue” (speaker and context) Hamlet; Now that Hamlet’s father is dead, and Claudius is king, Hamlet feels like he no longer has a voice. He wants to kill himself.
“His will is not his own, for he himself is subject to his birth” (speaker, spoken to, and context) Laertes; Ophelia; This is when Laertes and Ophelia are alone, and he is trying to talk her out of falling for Hamlet. He says that Hamlet will always have to consider the good of the state and put that first.
“O, from this time forth my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth” (speaker and context) Hamlet; This is at the end of Hamlet’s fourth soliloquy. He has just crossed path’s with Fortinbras, and Fortinbras’ vigorous activity has inspired him to take action and seek revenge again.