Hamlet Quotes – Corruption

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Marcellus’ statement at the beginning of the play to the corruption in Denmark
“Leperous distilment” The poison Claudius pours into Old Hamlet’s ear
“This physic but prolongs thy sickly days” Hamlet characterises Claudius’ corrupt mind/immorality as a type of sickness
“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go” Claudius realises this, and sends Hamlet to England to be killed without question
“Smiling damned villain” Hamlet describes Claudius as this
“To thine own self be true” Polonius’ ironic statement, as he is two faced
“What falsities you will” Polonius instructs Reynaldo to spy on his son Laertes and put on:
“Seems madam? Nay it is: I know not seems” Hamlet says this to Gertrude implying his grief is genuine and hers is not
“A little more than kin and less than kind” It is clear Hamlet does not want to be associated with his uncle when he says:
“So excellent a king that was to this Hyperion a satyr” Hamlet compares Claudius unfavourably to Old Hamlet
“To put an antic disposition on” Hamlet resorts to pretend to be mad and:
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears the crown” The Ghost informs Hamlet that:
“The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” Hamlet tries to deceive Claudius by re-enacting the mousetrap
“I loved you not” Hamlet lies to Ophelia saying he never loved her
“Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed” In his opening soliloquy Hamlet compares the world to a neglected garden