Hamlet Quotes

Quotes from Hamlet on various themes and characters.

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Theme- Revenge

Ghost (I.V.24): 'If thou did'st ever thy dear father love...revenge his most foul and unnatural murder.'

Hamlet (II.II.583): 'Prompted to my revenge from heaven and hell'

Claudius (IV.VIII.126): ‘no place, indeed should murder sanctuarize. Revenge should have no bounds.’

Laertes (IV.V.136): 'Let come what comes, only I'll be revenged/ most throughly for my father.'

Hamlet (III.IV.176): 'I must be their scourge and minister'

Hamlet: 'I am proud, revengeful, ambitious.'

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Theme- Delay

Hamlet (I.V.29): '... that I, with wings as swift/ as meditation or the thoughts of love,/my sweep to my revenge.'

Hamlet: (IV.IV.65): 'O,from this time forth,/ my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!'

Hamlet (II.II.574): 'I am pigeon livered and lack gall'

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Hamlet (I.II.146): 'Frailty thy name is woman'

Laertes (I.II.29-32): 'Then weigh what loss your honour might sustain...if your chaste treasure open to his unmastered importunity.'

Hamlet: 'You dig and you amble and you lisp'

Hamlet (III.I.121): 'Why would'st thou be a breeder of sinners?'

Hamlet (III.I.139): 'Wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them.'

Hamlet (V.I.190): 'Let her paint an inch thick, to this she will come'

Ophelia (III.II.162): 'tis brief my Lord' /Hamlet: 'As woman's love'

Polonius (II.II.163): 'I will loose my daughter to him'

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Theme- Lies and secrecy

Hamlet (III.II.377): 'S'blood, do you think I am easier to be played upon than a pipe? call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.'

Claudius (IV.V.91): 'wants not buzzers to infect his ear.'

Gertrude (III.IV.98): 'These words like daggers enter mine ears'

Ophelia: 'th'observed of all observers.'

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Theme- Madness

Hamlet(III.II.329): 'My wit's diseased.'

Hamlet (I.V.172): 'To put an antic disposition on.'

Claudius (III.III.1): 'I like him not. Nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range.'Gertrude (III.IV.106-119): 'Alas he's mad...Alas, how is't with you./ that you do bend your eye on vacancy/ and with th'incorporal air do hold discourse?'

Claudius (IV.V.85): 'Poor Ophelia, divided from herself and her fair judgement.'Gertrude (IV.V.7): 'Her speech is nothing. Yet the the unshaped use of it doth move the hearers to collection.'

Horatio (IV.V.14): 'She may strew dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.'

Ophelia (III.I.151-158): 'O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!...now that noble and most sovereign reason like sweet bells jangled,out of time and harsh.'

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Theme- state of mind vs state (country/city)

Hamlet(II.II.243): 'Denmark is a prison'

Ghost (I.V.63): 'In the porches of my ears did pour...it courses through the natural gates and alleys of the body...'

Laertes (I.III.23): 'On his choice depends the safety and health of this whole state'

Hamlet (II.II.248): 'Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so... I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space.'

Ophelia (III.I.153): 'Th'expectancy and rose of the fair state'

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Theme- Corruption

Ghost (I.V.38): 'So the whole ear of Denmark/ is by a forged process of my death/rankly abused.

Hamlet (I.II.135): 'Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed.Things rank and gross in nature possess it merely.''

Horatio (I.I.69): 'This bodes some strange eruption to our state.'

Hamlet (III.IV.147): 'rank corruption, mining all unseen, infects within...do not spread compsot on the weeds to make them ranker'

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Claudius and Gertrude

Hamlet (IV.II.18): '...He keeps them, like an ape an apple, in the corner of his jaw, first mouthed, to be last swallowed.'

Hamlet (I.II.152): 'My father's brother, but no-more like my father, than I to Hercules'

Hamlet (V.II.65): ‘he that hath killed my king and whored my mother, popped in between th’election and my hopes,’

Ghost (I.V.42): 'That incestuous, that adulterate beast!'

Hamlet (I.V.106): 'O Villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!'

Hamlet (I.II.156): 'O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestous sheets!'

Gertrude (III.II.240): 'The lady doth protest too much methinks.'

Ghost (I.V.46): 'My most seeming-virtuous queen'

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Private vs Public self/Acting

Hamlet: 'through indirections, find directions out.'

Hamlet: 'now I am alone’...'Soft you now’

Hamlet:‘But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue’

Hamlet: 'God hath given you one face and you make yourself another.'

King:(to laertes) 'was your father dear to you? Or are you like a painting of sorrow, a face without a heart?'

King: refers to the duel as a 'performance'

Hamlet: ''seems' madam? Nay it is. I know not 'seems'.'

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Hamlet (V.II.58): ‘they are not near my conscience’

Hamlet: 'The plays the thing, in which I'll catch the conscience of the king'

Laertes: 'And yet it is almost against my conscience'

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Hamlet: 'I give you this plague as a dowry. be you as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shall not escape calumny.'

Ophelia (I.III.136): 'I shall obey, my lord'

Ophelia: 'and I of ladies most deject and wretched.'

Ophelia: 'do not...show me the steep and thorny way to heaven.'

Gertrude: 'I will not speak with her.'

Claudius: 'it springs all from her father's death'

Gertrude: 'as one incapable of her own distress'

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