40 Famous Hamlet Quotes By William Shakespeare

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40 Famous Hamlet Quotes By William Shakespeare

'Hamlet' is one of the greatest tragedies of all time with many quotations.

'Hamlet: Prince of Denmark' is easily one of the best works of William Shakespeare.

The play has cemented itself as an important piece of world literature. It is also probably the most quoted of all William Shakespeare plays.

The play, 'Hamlet', is still a huge part of English literature and has also inspired pop culture. Hamlet made his home in the heart of millions across the world. If you are a die-hard fan of Shakespeare's genius, you will love these 'Hamlet' quotes. 'Hamlet' happens to be one of the most quotable of Shakespeare's plays. Here are the important quotes in 'Hamlet'. These are famous quotes from 'Hamlet' and who said them.

If you like Hamlet quotes, check out ['Hamlet' revenge quotes] and 'The Tempest' quotes.

Best Quotes From 'Hamlet'

Hamlet is one of the best tragic heroes of all time with amazing quotations.

Being one of the most important texts that define the English language and literature, 'Hamlet' is a favorite among scholars. The philosophy and tragic beauty behind 'Hamlet' make it one of the best tragedies ever written. And what are tragedies without beautiful dialogues? Here are the best 'Hamlet' quotes. These 'Hamlet' important quotes are some of the famous Shakespeare quotes you can come across.

1. "Why, then, ’tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. To me, it is a prison."

- Hamlet, Act II, Scene II.

2. "To die, to sleep— To sleep, perchance to dream."

- Hamlet,  Act III, Scene I.

3. "The rest is silence."

- Hamlet, Act V, Scene II, (last words of Hamlet).

4. "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

- Gertrude, Act II, Scene II.

5. "Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t."

- Polonius, Act II, Scene II.

6. "O, woe is me

T’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see!"

- Ophelia, Act III, Scene I.

7. "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

- Horatio,  Act V, Scene II.

8. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

- Marcellus, Act I, Scene IV.

9. "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;

Words without thoughts never to heaven go."

- Claudius, Act III, Scene III.

10."Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt that the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love."

- Hamlet's Letter to Ophelia, Act II, Scene II.

11. "I have heard of your paintings too, well

enough. God hath given you one face, and you

make yourselves another."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene I.

12. "Neither a borrower nor a lender be,

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."

- Polonius, Act I, Scene III.

13. "To be or not to be—that is the question."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene I.

14. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

- Hamlet, Act I, Scene V.

15. "Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,

And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,

I will be brief. "

- Polonius, Act II, Scene II.

16. "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."

- Polonius, Act I, Scene III.

17. "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio—a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."

- Hamlet, Act V, Scene I.

18. "Frailty, thy name is woman!"

- Hamlet, Act I, Scene II.

19. "The body is with the King, but the King is not with the body."

- Hamlet, Act IV, Scene II.

20. "O most pernicious woman!

O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!

My tables—meet it is I set it down

That one may smile and smile and be a villain.

At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark."

- Hamlet, Act I, Scene V.

Important 'Hamlet' Quotes

'Hamlet' is living proof of Shakespeare's genius.

Some 'Hamlet' quotes are so famous that many people in the world know them, regardless of having read the play. An example of such quotes is "To be or not to be". Here are some important 'Hamlet' quotes.

21."For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene I.

22. "Soft you now,

The fair Ophelia.—Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remembered."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene I.

23. "We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots."

- Hamlet, Act IV, Scene III.

24."Her death was doubtful,

And, but that great command o’ersways the order,

She should in ground unsanctified been lodged

Till the last trumpet."

- Priest, Act V, Scene I.

25. "O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven;

It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t,

A brother’s murder."

- Claudius, Act III, Scene III.

26. "O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt,

Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,

Or that the Everlasting had not fixed

His canon ’gainst self-slaughter!"

- Hamlet, Act I, Scene II.

27."What a piece of work is a man, how noble in

reason, how infinite in faculties, 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?"

-Hamlet, Act II, Scene II.

28."I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers

Could not with all their quantity of love

Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?"

- Hamlet, Act V, Scene I.

29. "How all occasions do inform against me

And spur my dull revenge."

- Hamlet, Act IV, Scene IV.

30. "So, again, good night.

I must be cruel only to be kind.

This bad begins, and worse remains behind."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene IV.

31. "But, to my mind, though I am native here

And to the manner born, it is a custom

More honored in the breach than the observance."

- Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV.

32. "What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord?

Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff

That beetles o’er his base into the sea,

And there assume some other horrible form

Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason

And draw you into madness?"

- Horatio, Act I, Scene IV.

33."This bodes some strange eruption to our state."

- Horatio, Act I, Scene I.

34. "Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive

Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven

And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge

To prick and sting her."

- Ghost of King Hamlet, Act I, Scene V.

35. "For anything so o’erdone is from the purpose

of playing, whose end, both at the first and

now, was and is to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to

nature, to show virtue her own feature, scorn her

own image, and the very age and body of the time

his form and pressure."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene II.

36. "This physic but prolongs thy sickly days."

- Hamlet, Act III, Scene IV.

37. "I’ll have these players

Play something like the murder of my father

Before mine uncle. I’ll observe his looks;

I’ll tent him to the quick. If he do blench,

I know my course."

- Hamlet, Act II, Scene II.

38. "Mad as the sea and wind when both contend

Which is the mightier."

- Gertrude, Act IV, Scene I.

39. "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."

- Hamlet, Act V, Scene II.

40. "Let four captains

Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage,

For he was likely, had he been put on,

To have proved most royal; and for his passage,

The soldier’s music and the rite of war

Speak loudly for him."

- Fortinbras, Act V, Scene II.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for famous Hamlet quotes then why not take a look at 'The Taming of the Shrew' quotes, or 'King Lear' quotes.

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