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'Hamlet' Quotes 5

Tragedy by William Shakespeare

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Hamlet

Hamlet

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  • "A very riband in the cap of youth."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 4.7

  • "One woe doth tread upon another's heel,
    So fast they follow."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 4.7

  • "There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
    that shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
    There with fantastic garlands did she come
    Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
    That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
    But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them:
    There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
    Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
    When down her weedy trophies and herself
    Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
    And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
    Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes..."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 4.7

  • "Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
    And therefore I forbid my tears; but yet
    It is our trick, nature her custom holds,
    Let shame say what it will."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 4.7

  • "Is she to be buried in Christian burial that willfully seeks her own salvation?"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers and grave-makers."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "But age, with his stealing steps
    Hath clawed me in his clutch."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks?"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "The age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now; your gambols, your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "To what base uses we may return, Horatio!
    So hallow'd and so gracious is the time."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Imperious Cæsar, dead and turned to clay,
    Might stop a hole to keep the wind away."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Lay her i' the earth;
    And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
    May violets spring!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "A ministering angel shall my sister be."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Sweets to the sweet: farewell!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid,
    And not have strewed thy grave."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Though I am not splenitive and rash,
    Yet have I something in me dangerous."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "I loved Ophelia: Forty thousand brothers
    Could not, with all their quantity of love,
    Make up my sum."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "Let Hercules himself do what he may,
    The cat will mew and dog will have his day."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.1

  • "There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "I once did hold it, as our statists do,
    A baseness to write fair, and labored much
    How to forget that learning; but, sir, now
    It did me yeoman's service."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "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; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "I have shot mine arrow o'er the house,
    And hurt my brother."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "A hit, a very palpable hit."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "I am justly killed with my own treachery."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "This fell sergeant, death,
    Is strict in his arrest."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "Report me and my cause aright
    To the unsatisfied."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "I am more an antique Roman than a Dane."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
    Absent thee from felicity awhile,
    And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
    To tell my story."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "The rest is silence."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince,
    And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are dead."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

  • "Let four captains
    Bear Hamlet, like a soldier, to the stage;
    For he was likely, had he been put on,
    To have proved most royally."
    - William Shakespeare, Hamlet 5.2

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