Hamlet Act 3-5 Quotes
Review important quotes from Hamlet in preparation for your test. Remember, you should be able to explain what each quote means in addition to naming the speaker of the quote.
Terms in this set (16)
"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?"
"Get thee to a nunnery: why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?"
"Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind."
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
"'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."
"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;/ Words without thoughts never to heaven go."
"Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell!/ I took thee for thy better."
"I must be cruel, only to be kind..."
"Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia,
And therefore I forbid my tears."
"Alas! poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times..."
"If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,/ Absent thee from felicity awhile,/ And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,/ To tell my story."
"Good-night, sweet prince;/ And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
"Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,/Might stop a hole to keep the wind away./O, that that earth which kept the world in awe/Should patch a wall t' expel the winter's flaw!"
"Why, as a woodcock to mine own spring, Osric. I am justly killed with mine own treachery."
"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."
"O! what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!"
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