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Hamlet Quotes

Act 1: Scene1
Francisco: Tis bitter cold and I am sick at heart.
Marcellus: Horatio says tis but our fantasy and will not let belief take hold of him.
Horatio: It harrows me with fear and wonder.
Horatio: But, in the gross and scoe of mine oinion, this bodes some strange erution to our
Horatio: !ow, sir, young Fortinbras, of unimro"ed mettle hot and full, hath in the skirts of
!orway here and there, sharked u a list of lawless resolutes.
Act 2: Scene 2
#ing: Therefore our sometime sister, now our $ueen, th% imerial &ointress to this warlike
#ing: The head is not more nati"e to the heart, the hand more instrumental to the mouth, than
is the throne of 'enmark to thy father.
Hamlet: ( little more than kin, and less than kind.
Hamlet: )eems%, madam* !ay, it is. I know not seems%.
Hamlet: But I ha"e that within what asses show + these but the traings and the suits of
#ing: ,ur chiefest courtier, cousin, and our son.
Hamlet: I shall in all my best obey you, madam.
Hamlet: Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed. Things rank and gross in nature ossess
it merely.
Hamlet: Frailty, thy name is woman.
Hamlet: a beast that wants discourse of reason would ha"e mourned longer.
Hamlet: But no more like my father than I to Hercules.
Hamlet: Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage
Hamlet: Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o%erwhelm them, to men%s eyes.
Act 1: Scene 3
-aertes: His greatness weighed, his will is not his own, for he himself is sub&ect to his birth.
-aertes: For on his choice deend the safety and health of this whole state.
,helia: 'o not, as some ungracious astors do, show me the stee and thorny way to hea"en
whiles a uffed and reckless libertine himself the rimrose ath of dalliance treads and
recks not his own rede.
.olonius: This abo"e all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.
Act 1: Scene 4
Hamlet: This hea"y+handed re"el east and west makes us traduced and ta/ed of other nations.
Hamlet: I do not set my life at a in%s fee.
Hamlet: My fate cries out and makes each etty artere in this body as hardy as the !emean
lion%s ner"e.
Horatio: He wa/es deserate with imagination.
Marcellus: )omething is rotten in the state of 'enmark.
Act 1: Scene 5
0host: Till the foul crime done in my days of nature are burnt and urged away.
Hamlet: Haste me to know%t, that I, with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of lo"e,
may swee to my re"enge.
0host: The serent that did sting thy father%s life now wears his crown.
Hamlet: , my rohetic soul1 My uncle*
0host: The will of my seeming+"irtuous $ueen.
0host: Thus was I sleeing by a brother%s hand of life, of crown, of $ueen at once disatched,
cut off e"en in the blossoms of my sin.
0host: But howsome"er thou ursues this act, taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contri"e
against thy mother aught.
Hamlet: , most ernicious woman1 , "illain, "illain, smiling, damned "illain1 My tables 2
meet it is I set it down. That one may smile, and smile, and be a "illain.
Horatio: These are but wild and whirling words, my lord.
Act 2: Scene 1
.olonius: 3our bait of falsehood take this car of truth.
.olonius: By indirections find directions out.
Act 2: Scene 2
#ing: Hamlet%s transformation
$ueen: My too much changed son
0uildenstern: our resence and our ractices
.olonius: I hold my duty as I hold my soul, Both to 0od and to my gracious king.
.olonius: 4here truth is hid, though it were hid indeed within the centre.
.olonius: Though this be madness, yet there is method in%t.
Hamlet: 'enmark%s a rison.
Hamlet: For there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
Hamlet: why, it aeareth nothing to me but a foul and estilent congregation of "aours.
Hamlet: I am but mad north+north+west. 4hen the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a
Hamlet: 4hat would he do had he the moti"e and the cue for assion that I ha"e*
Hamlet: ( dull and muddy+mettled rascal, eak like a 5ohn+a+dreams, unregnant of my
cause, and can say nothing.
Hamlet: I should ha% fatted all the region kites with this sla"e%s offal.
Hamlet: Bloody, bawdy "illain1 6emorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless "illain. ,,
Hamlet: I%ll tent him to the 7uick.
Hamlet: The sirit that I ha"e seen may be a de"il, and the de"il hath ower t%assume a
leasing shae.
Hamlet: The lay%s the thing wherein I%ll catch the conscience of the king.
Act 3: Scene 1
0uildenstern: crafty madness
#ing: lawful esials
.olonius: Tis too much ro"ed, that with de"otion%s "isage and ious action we do sugar o%er
the de"il himself.
Hamlet: To be, or not to be 2 that is the 7uestion8 whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the
slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take u arms against a sea of troubles and by
oosing end them.
Hamlet: For in that slee of death what dreams may come.
Hamlet: Thus conscience does make cowards of us all8 and thus the nati"e hue of resolution is
sicklied o%er with the ale cast of thought,
,helia: ,, what a nobler mind is here o%erthrown1 The courtier%s, soldier%s, scholar%s, eye
tongue sword, th%e/ectancy and rose of fair state, the glass of fashion and mould of form,
th%obser"ed of all obser"ers, 7uite, 7uite down1
#ing: There%s something in his soul o%er which his melancholy sits on brood, and I do doubt
the hatch and the disclose will be some danger8
Act 3: Scene 2
Hamlet: twere, the mirror u to nature, to show "irtue her own feature
Hamlet: )ince my dear soul was mistress of her choice and could of men distinguish her
election, sh%hath sealed thee for herself.
Hamlet: 9/cellent i%faith8 of the chameleon%s dish. I eat the air, romise+crammed. 3ou cannot
feed caons so.
)econd .layer: In second husband let me be accurst1 !one wed the second but who killed the
Hamlet: the croaking ra"en doth bellow for re"enge
Hamlet: This realm dismantled was of 5o"e himself8 and now reigns here a "ery, "ery, +
Hamlet: I%ll take the 0host%s word for a thousand ound. 'idst ercei"e*
Hamlet: 3ou would lay uon me. 3ou would seem to know my stos. 3ou would luck out
the heart of my mystery. 3ou would sound me from my lowest note to the to of my comass.
Hamlet: They fool me to the to of my bent,
Hamlet: !ow I could drink hot blood and do such bitter business as the day would 7uake to
look uon.
Hamlet: -et me be cruel, not unnatural. I will seak daggers to her, but use none.
#ing: I like him not8 nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range.
6osencrant:: or tis a massy wheel fi/ed on the summit of the highest mount, to whose huge
sokes ten thousand lesser beings are mortised and ad&oined8
#ing: ,, my offence is rank. It smells to hea"en, it hath the rimal eldest curse uon%t, a
brother%s murder.
Hamlet: 4hy this is hire and salary, not re"enge.
Hamlet: ;, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent. 4hen he is drunk aslee, or in his
rage, or th%incestuous leasure of his bed, at game
#ing: My words fly u, my thoughts remain below.
Act 3: Scene 4
$ueen: ,, what a rash and bloody deed is this1
Hamlet: I took thee for thy better.
Hamlet: makes marriage "ows as false as dicers% oaths8
Hamlet: like a mildewed ear, blasting his wholesome brother.
$ueen: Thou turnest mine eyes into my "ery soul, and there I see such black and grained
sots as will not lea"e their tinct.
Hamlet: ( murderer and a "illain, a sla"e that is not the twentieth art the tithe of your
recedent lord, a "ice of kings, a cuturse of the emire
0host: 'o not forget. This "isitation is but to whet thy almost blunted urose.
Hamlet: My father, in his habit as he li"ed1
$ueen: , Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.
Hamlet: For this same lord, I do reent. But hea"en hath leased it so to unish me with this
and this with me.
Hamlet: That I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft.
Hamlet: my two schoolfellows, whom I will trust as I will adders fanged,
Hamlet: who was in life a foolish rating kna"e
Act 4: Scene 1
#ing: My soul is full of discord and dismay.
Act 4: Scene 3
#ing: 3et must not we ut the strong law on him. He%s lo"ed of the distracted multitude.
Hamlet: 4e fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat oursel"es for maggots.
#ing: 'o it, 9ngland. For like the hectic in my blood he rages, and thou must cure me.
Act 4: Scene 4
<atain: 4e go to gain a little atch of ground that hath in it no rofit but the name.
Hamlet: some cra"en scrule
Hamlet: 9/amles gross as earth e/hort me.
Hamlet: How stand I then, that ha"e a father killed, a mother stained,
Hamlet: ,, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody or nothing worth1
Act 4: Scene 5
#ing: There%s such di"inity doth hedge a king that treason can but ee to what it would,
-aertes: only I%ll be re"enged most thoroughly for my father.
-aertes: , hea"ens, is%t ossible a young maid%s wits should be as mortal as an old man%s life*
#ing: (nd where th%offence is, let the great a/e fall.
Act 4: Scene 7
#ing: The $ueen his mother li"es almost by his looks,
-aertes: (nd so ha"e I a noble father lost, a sister dri"en into deserate terms,
#ing: I am set naked on your kingdom
-aertes: It warms the "ery sickness in my heart
-aertes: To cut his throat i%th%church1
#ing: !o lace indeed, should murder sanctuari:e. 6e"enge should ha"e no bounds.
Act 5: Scene 1
Hamlet: This is I, Hamlet the 'ane.
Hamlet: I lo"ed ,helia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their 7uantity of lo"e
could not make u my sum.
Act 5: Scene 2
Hamlet: There%s a di"inity that shaes our ends, rough+hew them how we will 2
Hamlet: 4hy, man, they did make lo"e to this emloyment. They are not near my conscience.
Their defeat does by their own insinuation grow. Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes
between the ass and fell incensed oints of mighty oosites.
Hamlet: He hath killed my king and whored my mother, oed in between th%election and
my hoes,
Hamlet: For the image of my cause I see the ortraiture of his.
Hamlet: There is secial ro"idence in the fall of a sarrow.
Hamlet: The readiness is all.
Hamlet: How I am unished with a sore distraction.
-aertes: (nd yet it is almost against my conscience.
-aertes: 4hy as a woodcock to mine own sringe, ,srick. I am &ustly killed with mine own
Horatio: ,f carnal, bloody and unnatural acts, of accidental &udgements, casual slaughters, of
deaths ut on by cunning and forced cause,
Fortinbras: For he was likely, had he been ut on, to ha"e ro"ed most royal.