Hamlet Quotes

But, you must know, your father lost a father; that father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound In filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow: but to persever In obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness; ’tis unmanly grief King Claudius says to Hamlet because he wants Hamlet to get over his father’s death
Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark Queen Gertrude to Hamlet because she wants him to stop mourning his father
Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew, or that the Everlasting had not fixed His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! Hamlet says to himself (after agreeing to his parents wishes and staying in Denmark instead of going to Wittenberg) because he wants to die
Frailty, thy name is woman! Hamlet says about his mother because she’s moved on and married his uncle
Perhaps he loves you now, and now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch the virtue of his will, but you must fear. His greatness weigh’d, his will is not his own; for he himself is subject to his birth Laertes says to Ophelia before he leaves because he wants her to stay away from Hamlet
Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but being in, bear’t that the opposed may beware of thee Polonius to Laertes as parting advice
Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend Polonius to Laertes as parting advice
My lord, he hath importuned me with love in honorable fashion Ophelia to Polonius about how Hamlet loves her
What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, or to the dreadful summit of the cliff that beetles o’er his base into the sea, and there assume some other horrible form, which might deprive your sovereignty of reason and draw you into madness? Horatio says to Hamlet when ghost appears because he doesn’t want Hamlet to follow it
I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres, thy knotted and combinèd locks to part and each particular hair to stand on end, like quills upon the fearful porpentine. But this eternal blazon must not be to ears of flesh and blood The ghost of Hamlet’s father (King Hamlet) says to Hamlet (when he first appears) because he can’t tell Hamlet about the suffering of purgatory
That adulterate beast, with witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts— O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power so to seduce!—won to his shameful lust the will of my most seeming-virtuous queen. The ghost of Hamlet’s father (King Hamlet) says to Hamlet because he hates his brother for murdering him and stealing his wife
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven and to those thorns that in her bosom lodge to prick and sting her. The ghost of Hamlet’s father (King Hamlet) says to Hamlet because he doesn’t want Hamlet to be angry with his mother
(As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on), that you, at such times seeing me, never shall— with arms encumbered thus, or this headshake, or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, as “Well, well, we know,” or “We could an if we would,” or “If we list to speak,” or “There be an if they might,” or such ambiguous giving out—to note that you know aught of me. Hamlet says to Horatio and Marcellus because he wants to keep the ghost and his message a secret
Oh cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right! Hamlet says about the vengence he must carry through (after talking with ghost, Horatio, and Marcellus)
Took me by the wrist and held me hard; then… to the length of his arm…long stay’d he so Ophelia to Polonius about Hamlet’s weird behavior
Your noble son is mad. Mad call I it; for to define true madness, what is’t but to be… Polonius to king and queen about Hamlet being mad with love
Such a time I’ll loose my daughter to him. Be you and I behind the arras; mark the encounter Polonius to Claudius about watching hamlet interact with ophelia
Let her not walk in the sun. Conception is a blessing but not as your daughter may conceive Hamlet to Polonius when pretending to be crazy and to not recognize him
My lord, if you delight not in man, what entertainment the players shall receive from you… Rosencrantz to Hamlet about the actors coming
The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King Hamlet (after talking with players and rosencrantz and guildenstern) about his plan to find out the truth by writing a play
For your part, Ophelia, I do wish your good beauties be the happy cause of Hamlet’s madness Queen Gertrude to Ophelia before she tries to confront Hamlet
My lord, I have remembrances of yours that I have longed long to redeliver Ophelia to Hamlet (when Polonius/king are spying)
Get thee to a nunnery Hamlet to Ophelia (when she confronts him and he acts crazy)
Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go Claudius (after seeing Hamlet go off on Ophelia)
For us, and for our tragedy, here stooping to your clemency, we beg your hearing patiently Prologue before Hamlet’s play
In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second but who killed the first Player Queen during Hamlet’s Play
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go Claudius when he is trying to repent for killing king Hamlet but he doesn’t feel remorseful.
O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain Queen Gertrude after Hamlet acts crazy and yells at her in her closet and killing Polonius
My mother! Father and mother is man and wife; man and wife is one flesh; and so, my mother Hamlet to Claudius after he tells him to go to England
But I cannot choose but weep, to think they would lay him i’ the cold ground. Ophelia to king and queen about her father once she’s crazy. She’s sad her father wasn’t buried with honors
How came he dead? I’ll not be juggled with: to hell, allegiance! Vows to the blackest devil! Laertes to Claudius after learning the king didn’t kill his father
I’ll do’t. And for that purpose I’ll anoint my sword… Laertes to King agreeing to kill hamlet
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy Hamlet to Horatio about the skull the gravedigger identified as Yorick the king’s jester
Forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum Hamlet to king/queen/laertes during ophelia’s funeral about how much more he loves ophelia than laertes
Stay, give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is thine; Here’s to thy health Claudius after Hamlet hits Laertes (poisoning drink)
It is here, Hamlet. Hamlet, thou art slain; no medicine in the world can do thee good Laertes confessing to Hamlet he and the king killed Hamlet, the Queen, and Laertes
Let four captains bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage; for he was likely…most royal Fortinbras about Hamlet’s body when he finds everyone dead
I must be cruel, only to be kind Hamlet to Gertrude when he’s yelling at her and telling her to stay away from his uncle