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'Hamlet Quotes

William Shakespeare's Famous Play

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Hamlet

Hamlet

Oxford University Press
  • "Angels and ministers of grace, defend us!
    Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damned,
    Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell,
    Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
    Thou comest in such a questionable shape
    That I will speak to thee: I'll call thee Hamlet,
    King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me!
    Let me not burst in ignorance, but tell
    Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death,
    Have burst their cerements; why the sepulchre,
    Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn'd,
    Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws
    To cast thee up again. What may this mean,
    That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel
    Revisit'st thus the glimpses of the moon,
    Making night hideous, and we fools of nature
    So horridly to shake our disposition
    With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.4

  • "I do not set my life at a pin's fee;
    And set my soul, what can it do to that,
    Being a thing immortal as itself?"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.4

  • "Unhand me, gentlemen.
    By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.4

  • "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.4

  • "I am thy father's spirit;
    Doomed for a certain term to walk the night,
    And for the day confined to fast in fires,
    Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
    Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid
    To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
    I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word
    Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
    Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
    Thy knotted and combined locks to part
    And each particular hair to stand an end,
    Like quills upon the fretful porpentine:
    But this eternal blazon must not be
    To ears of flesh and blood. - List, list, O, list!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "Murder most foul."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "Rest, rest, perturbed spirit!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite,
    That ever I was born to set it right!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.5

  • "The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind,
    A savageness in unreclaimed blood."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.1

  • "By indirections find directions out."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.1

  • "This is the very ecstasy of love."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.1

  • "Brevity is the soul of wit."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "To define true madness,
    What is't but to be nothing else but mad?"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "More matter, with less art."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "Find out the cause of this effect,
    Or rather say, the cause of this defect,
    For this effect defective comes by cause."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "To be honest as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "Words, words, words."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "They have a plentiful lack of wit."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal; except my life, except my life, except my life. "
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "A dream itself is but a shadow."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "It goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me; no, nor woman neither, though, by your smiling, you seem to say so."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "He that plays the king shall be welcome; his majesty shall have tribute of me."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "There is something in this more than natural, if philosophy could find it out."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "I know a hawk from a handsaw."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poet unlimited."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

  • "The play, I remember, pleased not the million; 't was caviare to the general."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 2.2

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