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Hamlet Quotes

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HAMLET
On Claudius:
“A little more than kin, a little less than kind”
“Smiling, damned villain!”
“Keeps wassail” “drains his draughts of Rhenish down” “remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!” “what, frighted with false fire!”
On Polonius:
“these tedious old fools”
“i’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room”
“you are a fishmonger”
“thou wretched rash, intruding fool, farewell.”
On Gertrude/Ophelia/Women:
“i shall in my best obey you madam”
“Like Niobe, all tears”
“incestuous sheets”
“the funeral baked meats did coldly furnish the marriage tables” “Frailty, thy name is Woman”
“Get thee to a nunnery”
“Wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them” “I have heard of your paintings too,God has given you one face and you paint yourself another” “Mother, you have my father much offended”

“you jig, you amble, and you lisp, you nickname God’s creatures” “I will speak daggers to her, but i shall use none”
Self loathing/suicide/death
“O that this too too solid flesh would melt”
“O that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon against self slaughter” “stale, flat and unprofitable”
“to be or not to be”
“I am pigeon livered and lack gall”
“Denmark’s A Prison”
“contagion to this world”
“tis an unweeded garden, who’s seeds grow things rank and gross in nature” “That skull had a tongue in it and could sing once”
“Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away”

Revenge/Action/Inaction/Ruthlessness
“I am pigeon livered and lack gall”
“Am I a coward?”
“proud, revengeful, ambitious”
“the play’s the thing, wherein i’ll catch the conscience of the king” “thinking too precisely on the event”
“a thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward” “O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth” “they are not near my conscience” (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern)

Madness
“to put an antic disposition on”
“mad in craft”
“we”
“i am but mad north-north west, when the wind is southerly i know a hawk from a handsaw” “O What a noble mind is here o’erthrown!”
“I will be brief; your noble son is mad.”
“Madness in great ones shall not unwatched go”
“i did love you once”...”i loved you not”
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t”
Gertrude - "Alas, he is mad"
“this is the very coinage of your brain”
Polonius - "The ecstacy of love" (The cause of Hamlets madness) Claudius - "his easily excitable mind"
Ophelia - "A great mind o'erthrown"

Revenge
Hamlet
“I am pigeon livered and lack gall”
“Am I a coward?”
“proud, revengeful, ambitious”
“the play’s the thing, wherein i’ll catch the conscience of the king” “A villain kills my father, and for that i his sole son do this same villain send to heaven” “thinking too precisely on the event”

“a thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward” “O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth” “O cursed spite, that ever i was born to set it right”

Laertes
“I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father”
“But my revenge will come”
“O treble woe, fall ten times treble on that cursed head” “the devil take thy soul”
“to cut his throat i’ th’ church”
“Exchange forgiveness with me noble Hamlet”
Fortinbras
“We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name” “delicate and tender prince”
“To all that fortune, death and danger dare, And for an egg shell” Pyrrhus and Priam
“Pyrrhus at Priam drives, in rage strikes wide.”
“and never did the Cyclop’s hammers fall,
On Mars’ armour forged for proof eterne,
With less remorse than Pyrrhus’s bleeding sword,
Now falls on Priam”
Filial Feelings
“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.”
“That drop of blood that’s calm proclaims me bastard”
“I a noble father lost”

Women
Hamlet’s views
“Like Niobe, all tears”
“incestuous sheets”
“the funeral baked meats did coldly furnish the marriage tables” “Frailty, thy name is Woman”
“i did love you once”
“Get thee to a nunnery”
“Wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them” “I have heard of your paintings too,God has given you one face and you paint yourself another” “Mother, you have my father much offended”

“you jig, you amble, and you lisp, you nickname God’s creatures” “I will speak daggers to her, but i shall use none”
“’tis brief my lord...” “as woman’s love”
“do you think i meant country matters?”
Ophelia
“you speak like a green girl”, “I will obey my lord” “the fair Ophelia”
“i was the more deceived”
“Sucked the honey of his musicked vows”
“t’have seen what i have seen, see what i see”
“there’s fennel for you, and columbines. There’s rue for you and here’s some for me” “i would offer you violets but they withered all when my father died” “For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy”
“i hop’d thou shouldst have been Hamlet’s wife”
“I loved Ophelia, forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum” “chaste treasure”
Gertrude
“She is so conjunctive to my life and soul”
“my too much changed son”
“i hop’d thou shouldst have been Hamlet’s wife”
Player Queen: “A second time i kill my husband dead, when second husband kisses me in bed” “the lady doth protest too much” - Irony
Polonius
Father
“i would give you violets but they withered all when my father died” “take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgement”
“Give thy thoughts no tongue”
“I’ll loose my daughter to him”
“green girl”
Fool (continued by Osric)
Therefore since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief” “That i have positively said ‘Tis so when it proved otherwise? Advisor/Self Advancement

“my lord”
“I’ll loose my daughter to him”
“methinks it’s like a weasel/camel/whale”.. “It is backed like a weasel”, “Very like a whale”, “like a camel indeed” QUEEN: “More matter with less art”
“That we find out the cause of this effect, Or rather say, the cause of this defect, For this effect defective comes by cause.” First person pronoun repetition “I”
Hamlet On Polonius:
“these tedious old fools”
“i’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room”
“you are a fishmonger
“thou wretched rash, intruding fool, farewell”

Claudius
Hamlet’s view
“A little more than kin, a little less than kind”
“Smiling, damned villain!”
“Keeps wassail” “drains his draughts of Rhenish down” “remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!” “what, frighted with false fire!”
Worry/Guilt
“he shall with speed to England”
“i like him not, nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range” “O my offence is rank, it smells to heaven”
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go” “what should this mean? Are all the rest come back? Or is it some abuse, and no such thing? PLAN A: “You may choose a sword unbated”

PLAN B: “I’ll anoint my sword”
PLAN C: “A Chalice for the nonce” “If he by chance escape your venomed stuck, our purpose may hold there” Cleverness/Shrewdness
“Love? His affections do not way tend”
“what he spake...was not like madness”
PLAN A: “You may choose a sword unbated”
PLAN B: “I’ll anoint my sword”
PLAN C: “A Chalice for the nonce” “If he by chance escape your venomed stuck, our purpose may hold there” Love
“my crown, mine own ambition and my queen”
“she is so conjunctive to my life and soul”

Love
Hamlet and Ophelia
“i did love you once”...”i loved you not”
“I loved Ophelia, forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum” “he hath importuned me with love in honourable fashion”
“with almost all the holy vows of heaven”
Claudius and Gertrude
“my crown, mine own ambition and my queen”
“she is so conjunctive to my life and soul”
Hamlet and Gertrude
“i shall in my best obey you madam”
“I shall speak daggers to her, but i will use none”
“my too much changed son”
“i hoped thou shouldst have been Hamlet’s wife”
“Incestuous sheets”
“You are the queen, your husband’s brother’s wife.”
Polonius
“i would give you violets but they withered all when my father died” “take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgement”
“Give thy thoughts no tongue”
“you speak like a green girl”
“I’ll loose my daughter to him”
Laertes and Ophelia
“From her fair and unpolluted flesh may violets spring”
“watchman of my heart”
“ I tell thee churlish priest, A minist’ring angel shall my sister be when thou liest howling Filial Feelings
“i shall obey, my lord”
“i shall in my best obey you madam”
“Mother, you have my father much offended”
“O cursed spite, that ever i was born to set it right”
“I’ll be most thoroughly avenged for my father”
“I a noble father lost”
State of Denmark

"tis an unweeded Garden that grows to seed things rank and gross in nature "something rotten in the state of denmark"
“so the whole ear of Denmark is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused” “O, horrible! O, horrible! most horrible!”
"sick at heart"
"many a pocky corpse"
"dont throw manure onto the weeds to make them ranker"
“Denmark’s A Prison”
“the air bites shrewdly, it is very cold.”
“i think it lacks of twelve”
“who there?”
“contagion to this world”

Betrayal/Espionage
“It shall be so. Madness in great ones shall not unwatched go.” “i’ll loose my daughter to him”
“Your visitations shall receive such thanks as fits the King’s remembrance” “intruding fool”
“my two schoolfellows, whom i will trust as i will adders fanged”

Death
Suicide
“O that this too too solid flesh would melt”
“O that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon against self slaughter” “stale, flat and unprofitable”
“to be or not to be”
“contagion to this world”
“Shards, flints and pebbles should be thrown on her”
“is she to be buried in a christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?” “I am more an antique roman than dane, here’s yet some liquor left” Hamlet’s obsession
“That skull had a tongue in it and could sing once”
“Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away” “Alexander died, Alexander was buried,
Alexander returned into dust; the dust is earth; of ear th we make loam: and why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop at a beer-barrel?”
“a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar”
“Since no man knows aught of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betimes? Let be.”

Death of characters
LAERTES: “I am justly killed with my own trechery”
HAMLET: “Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage”, “Now cracks a noble heart” CLAUDIUS: “He is justly served, it is a poison tempered by himself” QUEEN: “The king, the king’s to blame”
OPHELIA: “is she to be buried in a christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?” POLONIUS: “I’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room”

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