Hamlet by Quotation

Hamlet                                                                                          LCII 2012

Useful Quotations: Hamlet


‘This is I/ Hamlet the Dane.’

‘a noble mind.’

‘most generous and free from all contriving.’

‘The expectancy and rose of the fair state.’

‘The glass of fashion and the mould of form.’

‘He was likely, had he been put on,/ to have prov’d most royally.’

‘Good-night, sweet prince,/And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.’

‘He’s loved of the distracted multitude.’



‘How weary, flat and unprofitable/ Seem to me all the uses of this world!’

‘this goodly frame the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory’

‘I have of late – but wherefore I know not – lost all my mirth,/ foregone all custom of exercises.’

‘Or that the Everlasting had not fixed/ His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter.’


Cynical World view

‘to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.’

‘tis an unweeded garden.’





‘To be or not to be, that is the question…’

‘There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.’

‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’

‘For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.’

‘Is’t not perfect conscience to quit him with this arm?’



‘May all my thought be bloody from now on.’

‘Now could I drink hot blood.’

‘Oh from this time forth,/ my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth’



‘O cursed spite,/ that ever I was born to set it right’

‘Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.’

‘some crown scrupple, of thinking too precisely on th’ event.’

‘O cursed spite,/ that ever I was born to set it right.’

‘I am proud, revengeful, ambitious.’

‘Give me that man/ that is not passion’s slave

‘But I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.’

‘for though I am not splentive and rash/ Yet I have in me something dangerous.’



‘…is drunk asleep or in his rage, or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed.’

‘How all occasions do inform against me/ And spur my dull revenge.’

‘The spirit that I have seen/ May be the devil.’



‘As I perchance hereafter shall think meet/ To put an antic disposition on’

‘I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.’

The play’s the thing / Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King

‘…you cannot play upon me.’




‘I am too much i’ the sun.’

‘You are a fishmonger.’



‘Or like a whale?’

‘a knavish speech sleeps in a foolish ear’

‘ a foolish prating knave.’

‘ I took thee for thy better.’


Aggressive/ Unpleasant/ Misogynistic

‘thou wretched rash intruding fool’

‘Frailty thy name is woman.’

‘Get thee to a nunnery.’

‘Wretched Queen, adieu.’



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