Hamlet Act 1 Quotes

26 August 2022
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"Our sometime sister, now our Queen"
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Claudius in beginning speech
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"A little more than kin, and less than kind."
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Hamlet in aside while with Claudius
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"Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems"
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Hamlet to Gertrude
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"O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew."
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Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide
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"How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world."
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Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide
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"Frailty, thy name is woman!"
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Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide
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"But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue."
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Hamlet in his soliloquy about suicide
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"Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables."
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Hamlet to horatio
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"A countenance more in sorrow than in anger."
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Horatio to Hamlet
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"I'll speak to it though Hell itself should gape And bid me hold my peace"
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Hamlet to Horatio, bernardo and marcellus
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"For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favours, Hold it a fashion and a toy in blood; A violet in the youth of primy nature, Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, The perfume and suppliance of a minute — No more."
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Laertes to Ophelia about Hamlet's love
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"Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads. And recks not his own rede."
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Ophelia to Laertes
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"Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar"
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Polonius to Laertes
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"Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment."
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Polonius to Laertes
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"Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man."
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Polonius to Laertes
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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be: For loan oft loses both itself and friend."
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Polonius to Laertes
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"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"
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Polonius to Laertes
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"But to my mind, — though I am native here And to the manner born, — it is a custom More honour'd in the breach than the observance."
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Hamlet to Horatio before ghost
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"Why, what should be the fear? I do not set my life at a pin's fee, And for my soul, what can it do to that, Being a thing immortal as itself?"
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Hamlet to Horatio when ghost appears
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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"
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Marcellus to Horatio
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"My hour is almost come When I to sulphrous and tormenting flames Must render up myself."
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ghost to Hamlet
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"The serpent that did sting thy father's life Now wears his crown."
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ghost to Hamlet
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"Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin."
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ghost to Hamlet
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"O horrible, O horrible, most horrible"
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ghost to Hamlet
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"And each particular hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porpentine"
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ghost to Hamlet
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"O most pernicious woman! O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! My tables, — meet it is I set it down, That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain"
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hamlet to himself after ghost leaves
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"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
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Hamlet to Horatio
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"How strange or odd soe'er I bear myself — As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on"
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Hamlet to Marcellus and Horatio
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"The time is out of joint; O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!"
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Hamlet to Marcellus and Horatio