Hamlet: Top Ten Quotes
Polonius to his son Laertes who is departing for France (1.3.84):"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."
Hamlet's description of the less-than-natural relationship between himself and Claudius (1.2.67):"A little more than kin and less than kind."
Ophelia to her brother Laertes who is giving her advice on her relationship with Hamlet (1.3.51):"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."
The ghost to Hamlet, describing the true cause of his death (1.5.33):"Murder most foul, as in the best it is,But this most foul, strange, and unnatural."
Hamlet to himself (3.1.64):"To be or not to be-that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And, by opposing, end them."
The Player King performing the words Hamlet has written for him (3.2.234):"Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own."
Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on his madness (2.2.402):"I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw."
Marcellus to Horatio after Hamlet follows the ghost (1.4.100):"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
Hamlet to Laertes prior to their duel (5.2.252):"Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged; His madness is poor Hamlet's enemy."
Madness Quote"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! (1.2.5) "
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- Act 1, Scene 1
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- Act 1, Scene 4
- Act 1, Scene 5
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- Act 2, Scene 2
- Act 3, Scene 1
- Act 3, Scene 2
- Act 3, Scene 3
- Act 3, Scene 4
- Act 4, Scene 1
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- Act 4, Scene 3
- Act 4, Scene 4
- Act 4, Scene 5
- Act 4, Scene 6
- Act 4, Scene 7
- Act 5, Scene 1
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