Revision:Hamlet quotes by themes

HAMLET

On Claudius

  • “A little more than kin, and less than kind”
  • “Smiling, damned villain!”
  • “Keeps wassail” “drains his draughts of Rhenish down”
  • “Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!”
  • “what, frighted with false fire!”

 

On Polonius

  • “these tedious old fools”
  • “i’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room”
  • “you are a fishmonger”
  • “thou wretched rash, intruding fool, farewell.”

 

On Gertrude/Ophelia/Women

  • “i shall in my best obey you madam”
  • “Like Niobe, all tears”
  • “incestuous sheets”
  • “the funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables”
  • “Frailty, thy name is Woman”
  • “Get thee to a nunnery”
  • “Wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them”
  • “I have heard of your paintings too,God has given you one face and you paint yourself another”
  • “Mother, you have my father much offended”
  • “you jig, you amble, and you lisp, you nickname God’s creatures”
  • “I will speak daggers to her, but i shall use none”

 

Self loathing/suicide/death

  • “O that this too too solid flesh would melt”
  • “Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd his canon 'gainst self-slaughter”
  • “weary, stale, flat and unprofitable”
  • “To be or not to be”
  • “I am pigeon-livered and lack gall”
  • “Denmark’s a prison”
  • “contagion to this world”
  • “'tis an unweeded garden, / That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature/ Possess it merely”
  • “That skull had a tongue in it and could sing once”
  • “Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,/Might stop a hole to keep the wind away”

Revenge/Action/Inaction/Ruthlessness

  • “I am pigeon-livered and lack gall”
  • “Am I a coward?”
  • “proud, revengeful, ambitious”
  • “the play’s the thing/ Wherein i’ll catch the conscience of the king”
  • “thinking too precisely on the event”
  • “a thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward”
  • “O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth”
  • “they are not near my conscience” (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern)

 

Madness

  • “to put an antic disposition on”
  • “mad in craft”
  • “we”
  • “i am but mad north-north west, when the wind is southerly i know a hawk from a handsaw”
  • “O What a noble mind is here o’erthrown!”
  • “I will be brief; your noble son is mad.”
  • “Madness in great ones shall not unwatched go”
  • “i did love you once”...”i loved you not”
  • “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t”
  • Gertrude - "Alas, he is mad"
  • “this is the very coinage of your brain”
  • Polonius - "The ecstacy of love" (The cause of Hamlets madness)
  • Claudius - "his easily excitable mind"
  • Ophelia - "A great mind o'erthrown"

Revenge

Hamlet

  • “I am pigeon-livered and lack gall”
  • “Am I a coward?”
  • “proud, revengeful, ambitious”
  • “the play’s the thing/ Wherein i’ll catch the conscience of the king”
  • “A villain kills my father, and for that i his sole son do this same villain send/ To heaven”
  • “thinking too precisely on the event”
  • “a thought which quartered hath but one part wisdom, And ever three parts coward”
  • “O from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth”
  • “O cursed spite/ That ever i was born to set it right”

 

Laertes

  • “I’ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father”
  • “But my revenge will come”
  • “O treble woe, fall ten times treble on that cursed head”
  • “the devil take thy soul”
  • “to cut his throat i’ th’ church”
  • “Exchange forgiveness with me noble Hamlet”

 

Fortinbras

  • “We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name”
  • “delicate and tender prince”
  • “To all that fortune, death and danger dare, And for an egg shell”

Pyrrhus and Priam

  • “Pyrrhus at Priam drives, in rage strikes wide.”
  • “and never did the Cyclop’s hammers fall,
  • On Mars’ armour forged for proof eterne,
  • With less remorse than Pyrrhus’s bleeding sword,
  • Now falls on Priam”

 

Filial Feelings

  • “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.”
  • “That drop of blood that’s calm proclaims me bastard”
  • “I a noble father lost”

Women

Hamlet’s views

  • “Like Niobe, all tears”
  • “incestuous sheets”
  • “the funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables”
  • “Frailty, thy name is Woman”
  • “i did love you once”
  • “Get thee to a nunnery”
  • “Wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them”
  • “I have heard of your paintings too,God has given you one face and you paint yourself another”
  • “Mother, you have my father much offended”
  • “you jig, you amble, and you lisp, you nickname God’s creatures”
  • “I will speak daggers to her, but i shall use none”
  • “’tis brief my lord...” “as woman’s love”
  • “did you think i meant country matters?”

 

Ophelia

  • “you speak like a green girl”, “I will obey my lord”
  • “the fair Ophelia”
  • “i was the more deceived”
  • “Sucked the honey of his musicked vows”
  • “t’have seen what i have seen, see what i see”
  • “there’s fennel for you, and columbines. There’s rue for you and here’s some for me”
  • “i would offer you violets but they withered all when my father died”
  • “For bonny sweet Robin is all my joy”
  • “i hop’d thou shouldst have been Hamlet’s wife”
  • “I loved Ophelia, forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum”
  • “chaste treasure”

 

Gertrude

  • “She is so conjunctive to my life and soul”
  • “my too much changed son”
  • “i hop’d thou shouldst have been Hamlet’s wife”
  • Player Queen: “A second time i kill my husband dead, when second husband kisses me in bed”
  • “the lady doth protest too much” - Irony

Polonius

Father

  • “i would give you violets but they withered all when my father died”
  • “take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgement”
  • “Give thy thoughts no tongue”
  • “I’ll loose my daughter to him”
  • “green girl”

 

Fool (continued by Osric)

  • Therefore since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief”
  • “That i have positively said ‘Tis so when it proved otherwise?

 

Advisor/Self Advancement

  • “my lord”
  • “I’ll loose my daughter to him”
  • “methinks it’s like a weasel/camel/whale”.. “It is backed like a weasel”, “Very like a whale”, “like a camel indeed”
  • QUEEN: “More matter with less art”
  • “That we find out the cause of this effect, Or rather say, the cause of this defect, For this effect defective comes by cause.”
  • First person pronoun repetition “I”

 

Hamlet On Polonius

  • “these tedious old fools”
  • “i’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room”
  • “you are a fishmonger
  • “thou wretched rash, intruding fool, farewell”

Claudius

Hamlet’s view

  • “A little more than kin, and less than kind”
  • “Smiling, damned villain!”
  • “Keeps wassail” “drains his draughts of Rhenish down”
  • “Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!”
  • “what, frighted with false fire!”

 

Worry/Guilt

  • “he shall with speed to England”
  • “i like him not, nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range”
  • “O my offence is rank, it smells to heaven”
  • “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below/ Words without thoughts never to heaven go”
  • “what should this mean? Are all the rest come back? Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
  • PLAN A: “You may choose a sword unbated”
  • PLAN B: “I’ll anoint my sword”
  • PLAN C: “A Chalice for the nonce” “If he by chance escape your venomed stuck, our purpose may hold there”

 

Cleverness/Shrewdness

  • “Love? His affections do not way tend”
  • “what he spake...was not like madness”
  • PLAN A: “You may choose a sword unbated”
  • PLAN B: “I’ll anoint my sword”
  • PLAN C: “A Chalice for the nonce” “If he by chance escape your venomed stuck, our purpose may hold there”

Love

  • “my crown, mine own ambition and my queen”
  • “she is so conjunctive to my life and soul”

Love

Hamlet and Ophelia

  • “i did love you once”...”i loved you not”
  • “I loved Ophelia, forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum”
  • “he hath importuned me with love in honourable fashion”
  • “with almost all the holy vows of heaven”

 

Claudius and Gertrude

  • “my crown, mine own ambition and my queen”
  • “she is so conjunctive to my life and soul”

 

Hamlet and Gertrude

  • “i shall in my best obey you madam”
  • “I shall speak daggers to her, but i will use none”
  • “my too much changed son”
  • “i hoped thou shouldst have been Hamlet’s wife”
  • “Incestuous sheets”
  • “You are the queen, your husband’s brother’s wife.”

 

Polonius

  • “i would give you violets but they withered all when my father died”
  • “take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgement”
  • “Give thy thoughts no tongue”
  • “you speak like a green girl”
  • “I’ll loose my daughter to him”

 

Laertes and Ophelia

  • “From her fair and unpolluted flesh may violets spring”
  • “watchman of my heart”
  • “I tell thee churlish priest, A minist’ring angel shall my sister be when thou liest howling

 

Filial Feelings

  • “i shall obey, my lord”
  • “i shall in my best obey you madam”
  • “Mother, you have my father much offended”
  • “O cursed spite, that ever i was born to set it right”
  • “I’ll be most thoroughly avenged for my father”
  • “I a noble father lost”

State of Denmark

  • "tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed things rank and gross in nature
  • "something rotten in the state of denmark"
  • “so the whole ear of Denmark  is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused”
  • “O, horrible! O, horrible! most horrible!” 
  • "sick at heart"
  • "many a pocky corpse"
  • "dont throw manure onto the weeds to make them ranker"
  • “Denmark’s A Prison”
  • “the air bites shrewdly, it is very cold.”
  • “i think it lacks of twelve”
  • “who there?”
  • “contagion to this world”

Betrayal/Espionage

  • “It shall be so. Madness in great ones shall not unwatched go.”
  • “i’ll loose my daughter to him”
  • “Your visitations shall receive such thanks as fits the King’s remembrance”
  • “intruding fool”
  • “my two schoolfellows, whom i will trust as i will adders fanged”

Death

Suicide

  • “O that this too too solid flesh would melt”
  • “Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd his canon 'gainst self-slaughter”
  • “stale, flat and unprofitable”
  • “to be or not to be”
  • “contagion to this world”
  • “Shards, flints and pebbles should be thrown on her”
  • “is she to be buried in a christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?”
  • “I am more an antique roman than dane, here’s yet some liquor left”

 

Hamlet’s obsession

  • “That skull had a tongue in it and could sing once”
  • “Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away”
  • “Alexander died, Alexander was buried,
  • Alexander returned into dust; the dust is earth; of ear th we make loam:

and why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop at a beer-barrel?”

  • “a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar”
  • “Since no man knows aught of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betimes? Let be.”

 

Death of characters

  • LAERTES: “I am justly killed with my own treachery”
  • HAMLET: “Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage”, “Now cracks a noble heart”
  • CLAUDIUS: “He is justly served, it is a poison tempered by himself”
  • QUEEN: “The king, the king’s to blame”
  • OPHELIA: “is she to be buried in a christian burial when she wilfully seeks her own salvation?”
  • POLONIUS: “I’ll lug the guts into the neighbour room”

Comments

Originally collected by thischarmlessman on TSR Forums.