Is Hamlet the most quoted play of all time? Quite possibly! Read our selection of Hamlet quotes below, along with speaker, act and scene.

“O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!”

(Hamlet, act 1 scene 2)

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.”

(Polonius, act 1 scene 3)

“…though I am native here
And to the manner born, it is a custom
More honoured in the breach than the observance.”

(Hamlet, act 1 scene 4)

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

(Marcellus, act 1 scene 4)

“That one may smile and smile and be a villain.”

(Hamlet, act 1 scene 5)

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in our philosophy.”

(Hamlet, act 1 scene 5)

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

(Polonius, act 2 scene 2)

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.”

(Polonius, act 2 scene 2)

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

(Hamlet, act 2 scene 2)

“O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!”

(Hamlet, act 2 scene 2)

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

(Hamlet, act 3 scene 1)

“The lady protests too much, methinks.”

(Gertrude, act 3 scene 2)

“How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge.”

(act 4 scene 3)

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: A fellow of infinite jest.”

(Hamlet, act 5 scene 1)

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

“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.”

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

“Listen to many, speak to a few.”

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

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

“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)

“The rest is silence.”

(Hamlet, act 5 scene 2)

“Goodnight, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

(Horatio, act 5 scene 2)

Are we missing any great Hamlet quotes? Let us know in the comments section below…

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6 replies
  1. Katie Donovan
    Katie Donovan says:

    “Doubt truth to be a liar,” does NOT here mean, “doubt that truth lies.”
    It means more, “go so far as to doubt the truth; suspect it, even.”

  2. Brahmi Ishaya
    Brahmi Ishaya says:

    A little more than kin, and less than kind. (Hamlet Act I, Scene II)
    “Kind” here has nothing to do with feelings. It’s the old “kind” as in “kindergarten”. Hamlet is saying,
    “Yes, I’m a little more than just a relative, but not quite your child.”

  3. George Coe
    George Coe says:

    “Neither borrower nor lender be,….husbandry.” Hamlet

    This quote is quite evident in size and placement above the stacks in a public high schools library. It stands alone so some appointed individual or committee thought it worthy to alert incoming freshmen and graduates of soon encountered.

    I’m puzzled why this quote. Some thoughts please for something more appropriate for this age and wall? . Thank you, Geo Coe


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