32+ Famous Hamlet Quotes and Sayings

Hamlet quotes and sayings

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, sad, death, madness and funny Hamlet quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more inspirational quotes on Quotelicious.

Famous Hamplet quotes

To be, or not to be: that is the question ~ Hamlet, Act III, Scene I


The rest is silence. ~Hamlet, act 5 scene 2


Brevity is the soul of wit ~Polonius, Act II, Scene II


There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so ~Hamlet, Act II, Scene II


When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions ~ Claudius (Act IV, Scene V)


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. ~Hamlet, act 5 scene 2


Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move,. Doubt truth to be a liar,. But never doubt I love” ~Polonius, Act II, Scene II


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


A little more than kin, and less than kind ~Hamlet, Act I, Scene II


Goodnight, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
~Horatio, act 5 scene 2


What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! 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


That one may smile and smile and be a villain. ~Hamlet, act 1 scene 5


This above all: to thine own self be true ~ Polonius, Act I, Scene III


Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
~ Polonius, act 2 scene 2


The lady protests too much, methinks.
~ Gertrude, act 3 scene 2

Hamlet quotes about madness


Young men will do’t if they come to’t,
By Cock they are to blame


The body is with the King, but the King is not with the


I perchance hereafter shall think meet
To put an antic disposition on
~ I.v.


Her speech is nothing,
Yet the unshapèd use of it doth move
The hearers to collection. They yawn at it
And botch the words up fit to their own thoughts,
Which, as her winks and nods and gestures yield them,
Indeed would make one think there might be thought,
Though nothing sure, yet much unhappily.


I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is
southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.


Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.
~Polonius, act 2 scene 2


Was ‘t Hamlet wronged Laertes? Never Hamlet.
If Hamlet from himself be ta’en away,
And when he’s not himself does wrong Laertes,
Then Hamlet does it not. Hamlet denies it.
Who does it, then? His madness.

Hamlet quotes about death


‘Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.


To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…


After your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.


This fell sergeant, Death, Is strict in his arrest.


Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.


For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.


But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?


He is dead and gone, lady, He is dead and gone; At his head a grass-green turf, At his heels a stone.


Hamlet quotes about revenge


Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” ~Act 1: Scene V


How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge.
~Hamlet, act 4 scene 4


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