56 Hamlet Quotes by William Shakespeare

Hamlet is a popular five-act tragedy composed by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1601 and was published in year 1603.

The plot revolves around Hamlet (Prince of Denmark) who seeks vengeance on his uncle Claudius for killing his father and seizing the kingdom.

Hamlet Quotes by William Shakespeare

Here is a list of best quotes from Hamlet for you.

Hamlet Quotes by William Shakespeare

“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will more willingly part withal: except my life, except my life, except my life.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“As merry as the day is long.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“For this relief much thanks. ‘Tis bitter cold, and I am sick at heart.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Get thee to a nunnery.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

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Quotes from Hamlet

“A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“More matter with less art.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“To die, – To sleep, – To sleep!
Perchance to dream: – ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“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.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Not a whit, 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.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

Famous Hamlet Quotes by William Shakespeare

“Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear; Where little fears grow great, great love grows there.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“How is it that the clouds still hang on you?” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
That would not let me sleep.” ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet.

“If your mind dislike anything obey it” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“It is not, nor it cannot, come to good,
But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, in my heart of heart, as I do thee.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Listen to many, speak to a few.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come?” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“A knavish speech sleeps in a fool’s ear.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

Top Hamlet Quotes by William Shakespeare

“I must be cruel only to be kind;
Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.” ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“The rest, is silence.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.” ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet.

“If we are true to ourselves, we can not be false to anyone.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“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.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“The Devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Our wills and fates do so contrary run, that our devices still are overthrown; our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles. The near in blood, The nearer bloody.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Sweets to the sweet, farewell! I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet’s wife; I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid, And not have strewed thy grave.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“A little more than kin, a little less than kind.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Tis in my memory lock’d,
And you yourself shall keep the key of it.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain; at least I’m sure it may be so in Denmark.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“This is the very ecstasy of love,
Whose violent property fordoes itself
And leads the will to desperate undertakings
As oft as any passion under heaven
That does afflict our natures.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

Interesting Hamlet Quotes by William Shakespeare

“He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.” ~ Shakespeare , Hamlet.

“What 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?” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Let the doors be shut upon him, that he may play the fool no where but in’s own house.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Words, words, words.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

“Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” ~ William Shakespeare (Hamlet).



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