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Act 1, scene 2 Quotes

Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems." (76)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude
 
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew. (130)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
Frailty, thy name is woman! (146)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude
 
Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
 

Act 1, scene 3 Quotes

This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (78)
Location: Act 1, scene 3
Speaker: Polonius
Mentioned or related: Laertes
 

Act 1, scene 4 Quotes

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (95)
Location: Act 1, scene 4
Speaker: Marcellus
 

Act 1, scene 5 Quotes

O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! (105)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius
 
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (168)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio
 

Act 2, scene 2 Quotes

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (237)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. (241)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in 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? (286)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her? (518)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: First Player
 
The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (566)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 

Act 3, scene 1 Quotes

To be, or not to be, —that is the question:—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? (58)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
 
Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. (124)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Ophelia
 

Act 3, scene 2 Quotes

Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ... 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. (328)
Location: Act 3, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
 

Act 3, scene 3 Quotes

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;
Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (98)
Location: Act 3, scene 3
Speaker: Claudius
 

Act 4, scene 3 Quotes

Claudius: What dost thou mean by this?
Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. (28)
Location: Act 4, scene 3
Speakers: Hamlet, Claudius
 

Act 5, scene 1 Quotes

Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest.... Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (160)
Location: Act 5, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio, Yorick
 

Act 5, scene 2 Quotes

We defy augury; 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. (206)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (358)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Horatio
Mentioned or related: Hamlet
 

Hamlet Quotes

Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems." (76)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude
 
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew. (130)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
 
Frailty, thy name is woman! (146)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude
 
O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! (105)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius
 
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (168)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio
 
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (237)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. (241)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in 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? (286)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (566)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her? (518)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: First Player
 
To be, or not to be, —that is the question:—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? (58)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
 
Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. (124)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Ophelia
 
Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ... 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. (328)
Location: Act 3, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
 
Claudius: What dost thou mean by this?
Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. (28)
Location: Act 4, scene 3
Speakers: Hamlet, Claudius
 
Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest.... Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (160)
Location: Act 5, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio, Yorick
 
We defy augury; 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. (206)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
 
Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (358)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Horatio
Mentioned or related: Hamlet
 

Claudius Quotes

Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
 
O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! (105)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius
 
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;
Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (98)
Location: Act 3, scene 3
Speaker: Claudius
 
Claudius: What dost thou mean by this?
Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. (28)
Location: Act 4, scene 3
Speakers: Hamlet, Claudius
 

Gertrude Quotes

Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems." (76)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude
 
Frailty, thy name is woman! (146)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude
 
Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
 

Polonius Quotes

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief. (92)
Speaker: Polonius
 
This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (78)
Location: Act 1, scene 3
Speaker: Polonius
Mentioned or related: Laertes
 

Laertes Quotes

This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (78)
Location: Act 1, scene 3
Speaker: Polonius
Mentioned or related: Laertes
 

Ophelia Quotes

Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. (124)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Ophelia
 

Horatio Quotes

Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
 
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (168)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio
 
Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest.... Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (160)
Location: Act 5, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio, Yorick
 
Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (358)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Horatio
Mentioned or related: Hamlet
 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Quotes

Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ... 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. (328)
Location: Act 3, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
 

First Player Quotes

What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her? (518)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: First Player
 

Marcellus Quotes

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (95)
Location: Act 1, scene 4
Speaker: Marcellus
 

Yorick Quotes

Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest.... Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (160)
Location: Act 5, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio, Yorick
 

Quotes for the "Action and Inaction" Theme

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief. (92)
Speaker: Polonius
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew. (130)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Poison, Corruption, Death

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (237)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. (241)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality, Religion, Honor, and Revenge

The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (566)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality, Religion, Honor, and Revenge

What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her? (518)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: First Player
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

To be, or not to be, —that is the question:—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? (58)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge

We defy augury; 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. (206)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (358)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Horatio
Mentioned or related: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge

Quotes for the "Appearance vs. Reality" Theme

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief. (92)
Speaker: Polonius
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge

Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems." (76)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude

This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (78)
Location: Act 1, scene 3
Speaker: Polonius
Mentioned or related: Laertes
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (95)
Location: Act 1, scene 4
Speaker: Marcellus
•Other themes related to this quote: Poison, Corruption, Death

O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! (105)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius
•Other themes related to this quote: Poison, Corruption, Death

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (168)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio

The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (566)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction, Religion, Honor, and Revenge

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. (241)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction, Religion, Honor, and Revenge

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in 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? (286)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge, Poison, Corruption, Death

What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her? (518)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: First Player
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. (237)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. (124)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Ophelia
•Other themes related to this quote: Women, Poison, Corruption, Death

Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me. You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery ... 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me. (328)
Location: Act 3, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;
Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (98)
Location: Act 3, scene 3
Speaker: Claudius
•Other themes related to this quote: Religion, Honor, and Revenge

Quotes for the "Women" Theme

Frailty, thy name is woman! (146)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Gertrude

Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. (124)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Ophelia
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality, Poison, Corruption, Death

Quotes for the "Religion, Honor, and Revenge" Theme

Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables. (179)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (78)
Location: Act 1, scene 3
Speaker: Polonius
Mentioned or related: Laertes
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. (241)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction, Appearance vs. Reality

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in 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? (286)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality, Poison, Corruption, Death

The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. (566)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction, Appearance vs. Reality

To be, or not to be, —that is the question:—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? (58)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;
Words without thoughts never to heaven go. (98)
Location: Act 3, scene 3
Speaker: Claudius
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

We defy augury; 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. (206)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. (358)
Location: Act 5, scene 2
Speaker: Horatio
Mentioned or related: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

Quotes for the "Poison, Corruption, Death" Theme

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew. (130)
Location: Act 1, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Action and Inaction

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (95)
Location: Act 1, scene 4
Speaker: Marcellus
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! (105)
Location: Act 1, scene 5
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Claudius
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in 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? (286)
Location: Act 2, scene 2
Speaker: Hamlet
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality, Religion, Honor, and Revenge

Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? I am myself indifferent honest; but yet I could accuse me of such things that it were better my mother had not borne me. (124)
Location: Act 3, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Ophelia
•Other themes related to this quote: Appearance vs. Reality, Women

Claudius: What dost thou mean by this?
Hamlet: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar. (28)
Location: Act 4, scene 3
Speakers: Hamlet, Claudius

Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest.... Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? (160)
Location: Act 5, scene 1
Speaker: Hamlet
Mentioned or related: Horatio, Yorick