Hamlet Quotes

Not a mouse stirring. Francisco to Barnardo(soldiers)
Stay!speak!speak! I charge thee, speak! Horatio to ghost
Before my god, I might not this believe without the sensible and true avouch of my own eyes. Horatio to BarnardoMeaning- I’ll have to see it to believe it
A little more than kin and less than kind. Hamlet to himselfMeaning- Hamlet is related to Claudius in more ways then one, also Claudius is not very nice to him.
Do not forever with thy vailed lids seek for thy noble father in the dust. Queen to Hamlet Meaning- Don’t dwell on your father’s passing
Fie, ’tis a fault to heaven. Claudius to Hamlet Meaning- Your going against God
But two months dead– may not so much, not two. Hamlet (too too sullied flesh soliloquy) Meaning- exaggeration of how quick Gertrude and Claudius got married after King hamlets death
Frailty, thy name is woman! Hamlet(too too sullied flesh soliloquy) Meaning- saying his mom is weak
The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. Hamlet to Horatio Meaning- the funeral and the wedding were so close together that they could have served the leftovers at the wedding
A countenance more in sorrow than in anger. Horatio to HamletMeaning- the ghost looks more sad then angry
All is not well Hamlet to himself Meaning- foreshadowing
Neither a borrower or a lender be. Polonium to Laertes Meaning- Dont borrow money or lend it because you will lose friendships.
This above all: to thine own self be true. Polonius to LaertesMeaning- stay true to yourself because if you can’t be true to yourself you can’t be true to others
Farewell, Ophelia, and remember well what I have said to you. Laertes to OpheliaMeaning- be cautious about Hamlet
Angels and ministers of grace, defend us! Hamlet to the ghost Meaning- asking to be defended in case the ghost is a demon
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Marcellus to Horatio Meaning- foreshadowing, saying that something is wrong
Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural. Ghost to Hamlet Meaning-talking about how his murder was uncalled for
O, my prophetic soul! My uncle! Hamlet to Ghost Meaning- I had a feeling that something was up
Leave her to heaven. Ghost to Hamlet Meaning- don’t involve Gertrude
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! Hamlet to himself
That one may smile and smile and be a villain. Hamlet to himself Meaning- talking about Claudius
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet to Horatio Meaning- you can’t even imagine all the things in heaven and earth
Marry, sir, here’s my drift. Polonius to Reynaldo Meaning- catch my drift
This is the very ecstasy of love. Polonius to OpheliaMeaning- Hamlet is literally crazy in love
Therefore, since brevity is soul of wit. Polonius to King and Queen Meaning- to be brief is the soul of wit
More matter with less art. Gertrude to PoloniusMeaning- keep it short
Ay, sir. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand. Hamlet to PoloniusMeaning- it is very hard to find a honest person in the world
Words, words, words. Hamlet to Polonius Meaning- Hamlet being sarcastic
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. Polonius to himself Meaning- method to my madness
For there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so. Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meaning- What you make of it is how you will perceive it.
What a price of work is a man. Hamlet to Rosencrantz and GuildensternMeaning- Hamlet is being sincere about how incredible a human being is but he can’t appreciate it because he is depressed
Man delights not me, no, nor women neither Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
I am mad but north-north-west. Hamlet to Rosencrantz and GuildensternMeaning- I am crazy when I want to be
The plays the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King. Hamlet(rogue and peasant slave soliloquy) Meaning- the play will determine if the king is guilty
To be or not to be Hamlet Meaning- questioning to live or to die
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. Ophelia to Hamlet Meaning- the gifts that Hamlet has given to Ophelia have lost their meaning because Hamlet has been mean to her
It hath made me mad. Hamlet to OpheliaMeaning- saying Ophelia has caused him to act this way
O,woe is me t’have seen, see what I see! Ophelia to herselfMeaning- she is full of sadness seeing what Hamlet has become
Madness in great ones must not unwatched go. Claudius to Polonius and Ophelia Meaning- we must keep an eye on Hamlet
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue. Hamlet to the players Meaning- speak your lines don’t scream it and don’t over exaggerate it
Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor. Hamlet to the players Meaning- you be the judge
Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart, as I do thee. Hamlet to HoratioMeaning- you want to have control in your life in order to do that you need a balance of passion and logic
Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; where little fears grow great, great love grows there. Player Queen to Player KingMeaning- great love grows through fear
In second husband let me be accurst. None wed the second but who killed the first. Player Queen to Player KingMeaning- No widow is going to marry again unless she was involved in killing her first husband
So think thou wilt no second husband wed, but die thy thoughts when the fist lord is dead. Player King to Player QueenMeaning- you think you won’t get married again but when I die you’ll forget about me
The lady doth protest too much. Queen to Hamlet Meaning- she’s exaggerated too much, implying that Gertrude did not keep her word
My wit’s diseased. Hamlet to Rosencrantz and GuildensternMeaning-I’m crazy.
‘Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meaning-metaphor, Hamlet is the recorder and Guildenstern can’t get anything out of him
They fool me to the top my bent. Hamlet to himself Meaning- they push him to the full range of his acting ability.
Tis now the very witching time of night. Hamlet to himselfMeaning- it’s midnight
Let me be cruel, not unnatural. I will speak daggers to her, but use none. Hamlet to himself Meaning- he will say very mean things when he talks to Gertrude
O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven Claudius to himself
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go. King to Himself Meaning- I am unable to pray.
How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead. Hamlet as he kills Polonius Meaning- he worth barely anything because he is being sneaky
As kill a King? Gertrude to HamletMeaning- Gertrude has nothing to do with killing King Hamlet
I must be cruel only to be kind. Hamlet to Gertrude Meaning- be cruel in order to be kind
That I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft. Hamlet to GertrudeMeaning- there is a method to my madness
Mad as the sea and the wind when both contend which is mightier. Gertrude to Claudius Meaning- expressing how mad Hamlet is
Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved or not at all. Claudius to extras Meaning- desperate times call for desperate measures
Go, captain, from me greet the Danish King. Fortinbras To captain Meaning- he is insulting Hamlet because he is not greeting him himself
We go to gain a little patch or ground that hath in it no profit but the name. Captain to Hamlet Meaning- the land is worth nothing
How all occasions do information at me. Hamlet to himselfMeaning- first line of soliloquy, links to rogue and peasant slave soliloquy
I will not speak with her. Queen to Horatio and gentlemanMeaning- she won’t speak to Ophelia who is mad
Follow her close; giver her good watch, I pray you. Claudius to Horatio Meaning- keep a close eye on Ophelia
I’ll not be juggled with. Laertes to Claudius Meaning- I will not be messed with
Alas, poor Yorick. Hamlet to skull/ Horatio Meaning- talking to skull and reminiscing on man who had passed many years ago that Hamlet had known
Sweets to the sweet, farewell! Queen as she scatters flowers over Ophelia Meaning- calling Ophelia sweet
The cat will mew, and the dog will have his day. Hamlet to ClaudiusMeaning- your time will come
There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew then how we will. Hamlet to Horation Meaning- a person can giv his life direction but fair determines the outcome
Why, what a king is this! Horatio and Hamlet Meaning- not necessarily a positive statement
The readiness is all. Hamlet to Horatio Meaning- it is what it is
Then venom, to thy work. Hamlet to all Meaning- hamlet before he kills King
He is justly served. Laertes to to himself/ Hamlet Meaning- the king got what he deserved