Hamlet Quotes

“Frailty, thy name is woman!” Hamlet to himself He is sick that his mother would get married so fast after his fathers death
“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 Laertes is giving her advice She said don’t tell me to do stuff you don’t do
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Polonius to Laertes Don’t borrow money, don’t lend money
“This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou cast not then be false to any man.” Polonius to Laertes If you are true you’ll never get caught in a lie
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Marcellus to Horatio After Hamlet follows the ghost Something bad might happen
“Murder most foul” Ghost to Hamlet 1st time he talks to the ghost and finds out his dad was murdered Brother murdered him before sins were gone
“As I perchance hereafter shall think meet/ to put an antic disposition on.” Hamlet to Horatio and MarcellusGoing to act crazy
“The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I born set it right.” Hamlet to himself Cursed ghost now I have to figure things out
“Brevity is the soul of wit…” Polonius to the Queen Keeping it short is a good thing (he’s going to keep it short and quick)
“More matter, with less art” Queen to Polonius To get to the point already
“Though this be madness, yet there is method isn’t.” Polonius to himself Talking about hamlet There is something behind his madness
“…there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet to Rosencrantz Talking about Hamlets depressionHe thinks Denmark is a prison
“What a piece of work is man!” Hamlet to R&G Hamlet thinks humans are hard to understand
“…the devil hath power T-assume a pleasing shape” Hamlet to himself To see if the ghost is a good spirit
“The play’s the thing/ where in I’ll catch the conscience of the king” Hamlet to himself The play will show the guilty conscience of the king
“To be or not to be, that is the question” Hamlet to audience To be alive or not to be alive (should he commit suicide)
“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action” Hamlet to 1st player Act what it says, say what it says Do not over act or over do it
“The lady doth protest too much, me thinks” Gertrude to Hamlet Gertrude thinks the Player Queen is protesting to remarry to much
“How all occasions do inform against me.” Hamlet to himself About Fortinbras’s army who is willing to loose everything Hamlet is ready and is not acting
“There’s such divinity doth hedge a king” King to Gertrude Just relax, God will protect me
“Alas, poor Yorlick! I knew him Horatio” Hamlet to Horatio Poor Yorlick, I knew him
“Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay” Hamlet to himself No matter how great you are you will eventually turn to dust
“Sweets to the sweets” Queen to dead OpheliaThrowing flowers on her grave

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