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'Hamlet' Quotes

William Shakespeare's Famous Play

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Hamlet

Hamlet

Oxford University Press
Hamlet is a famous tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play is filled with death and suicide, madness, incest, and the supernatural. Hamlet's father has been murdered, which inspires a whole series of events--bent on revenge and destined to bring destruction to all. Hamlet is one of the most popular plays of William Shakespeare. Here are a few quotes from the play. Also, be sure to take a look at the 'Hamlet' Study Guide.
  • "Not a mouse stirring."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.1

  • "In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
    A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
    The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead
    Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.1

  • "And then it started like a guilty thing
    Upon a fearful summons."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.1

  • "It faded on the crowing of the cock.
    Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes
    Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,
    The bird of dawning singeth all night long:
    And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad;
    The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike,
    No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
    So hallow'd and so gracious is the time."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.1

  • "But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,
    Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.1

  • "The memory be green."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "With an auspicious and a dropping eye,
    With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage,
    In equal scale weighing delight and dole."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "The head is not more native to the heart."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "A little more than kin, and less than kind."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "All that lives must die,
    Passing through nature to eternity."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "But I have that within which passeth show;
    These but the trappings and the suits of woe."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "'Tis a fault to Heaven,
    A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,
    To reason most absurd."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
    Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
    Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd
    His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
    How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
    Seem to me all the uses of this world!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "That it should come to this!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "Why, she would hang on him,
    As if increase of appetite had grown
    By what it fed on."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "Frailty, thy name is woman!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "A little month."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "Like Niobe, all tears."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "My father's brother, but no more like my father
    Than I to Hercules."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "It is not, nor it cannot come to good."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "A truant disposition, good my lord."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "Thrift, thrift, Horatio! the funeral baked meats
    Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "In my mind's eye, Horatio."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not look upon his like again."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "Season your admiration for a while."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "In the dead vast and middle of the night."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "A countenance more in sorrow than in anger."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "All is not well;
    I doubt some foul play."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "Foul deeds will rise,
    Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

  • "A violet in the youth of primy nature,
    Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
    The perfume and suppliance of a minute."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "And keep you in the rear of your affection,
    Out of the shot and danger of desire,
    The chariest maid is prodigal enough
    If she unmasks her beauty to the moon."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
    Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
    Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
    Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
    And recks not his own rede."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "Give thy thoughts no tongue."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
    Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "The apparel oft proclaims the man."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "This above 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."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "You speak like a green girl,
    Unsifted in such perilous circumstance."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "Springes to catch woodcocks."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
    Lends the tongue vows."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "Be somewhat scanter of your maiden presence."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.3

  • "It is a nipping and an eager air."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.4

  • "But to my mind, - though I am native here
    And to the manner born, - it is a custom
    More honoured in the breach than the observance."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.4

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