Hamlet key quotes cards

Key quotes featued throughout Shakepeares play Hamlet which may be of use during the A2 exam.

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"A little more than Kin and less than kind"

"A little more than Kin and less than kind"

  • Hamlet in response to Gertrude 
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"Seems madam?... I know not seems"

"Seems madam?... I know not seems"

  • Hamlet In response to Gertrude
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"These indeed seem for they are actions a man migh

"These indeed seem for they are actions a man might play"

  • Hamlet In response to Gertrude
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"These but trappings and suits of woe"

"These but trappings and suits of woe"

  • Hamlet to Gertrude
  • Critic; Goethe (Hamlet presents a romantic image of an individual destroyed by his innermost life)
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"Tis unmanly grief"

"Tis unmanly grief"

  • Claudius to Hamlet
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"And think of us as a Father"

"And think of us as a Father"

  • Claudius to Hamlet
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"O that this too too solid flesh would melt"

"O that this too too solid flesh would melt"

  • Hamlet
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"Unweeded garden"

"Unweeded garden"

  • Hamlet
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"Frailty, thy name is woman"

"Frailty, thy name is woman"

  • Hamlet
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"A beast that wants discourse of reason would have

"A beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer"

  • Hamlet
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"With such dexterity to incestuous sheets"

"With such dexterity to incestuous sheets"

  • Hamlet
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"Affection? Pooh, you speak like a green girl"

"Affection? Pooh, you speak like a green girl"

  • Polonius to Ophelia
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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"

  • Marcellus to Horatio 
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"This most foul and strange murder"

"This most foul and strange murder"

  • Ghost to Hamlet
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"My Most seeming virtuous Queen"

"My Most seeming virtuous Queen"

  • Ghost to Hamlet
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"To put an antic disposition on"

"To put an antic disposition on"

  • Hamlet to Horatio and Marcellus
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"The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ev

"The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right"

  • Hamlet 
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"Denmark's a prison"

"Denmark's a prison"

  • Hamlet to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz
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"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in facul

"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in faculties... how like an angel"

  • Hamlet 
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"Get thee to a nunnery"

"Get thee to a nunnery"

  • Hamlet to Ophelia
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"Forgive me my foul murder'? That cannot be since

"Forgive me my foul murder'? That cannot be since I am still possessed Of those effects for which I did the murder"

  • Claudius
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"In the corrupted currents of this world offence's

"In the corrupted currents of this world offence's gilded hand may shove by justice"

  • Claudius
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"Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul, and the

"Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul, and there I see such black and grained spots"

  • Gertrude to Hamlet 
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"Don not forget, this visitation is but to whet th

"Don not forget, this visitation is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose"

  • Ghost to Hamlet
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"My madness speaks. It will skin and film the ulce

"My madness speaks. It will skin and film the ulcerous place"

  • Hamlet to Gertude
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"Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance a

"Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved"

  • Claudius 
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"O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody or

"O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth"

  • Hamlet
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"there's a special providence in the fall of a spa

"there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now... yet it will come"

  • Hamlet to Horatio
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"Here though incestuous murderous, damned Dane, dr

"Here though incestuous murderous, damned Dane, drink off this poison"

  • Hamlet to Claudius 
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"Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, of acciden

"Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, of accidental judgements, casual slaughters, of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause"

  • Horatio
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