quote by William Shakespeare

If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.

— William Shakespeare

Perspective Hamlet quotations

Not the children of the rich or of the powerful only, but of all alike, boys and girls, both noble and ignoble, rich and poor, in all cities and towns, villages and hamlets, should be sent to school

Pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts.

O God, I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space – were it not that I have bad dreams.

This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o-erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire.

The essential is to excite the spectators.

If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.

To die, to sleep - To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come.

This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.

Your worm is your only emperor for diet;

we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots.

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember.

POLONIUS: What do you read, my lord? HAMLET: Words, words, words.

To take arms against a sea of troubles.

Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel? Polonius: By the mass, and ‘tis like a camel, indeed. Hamlet: Methinks it is like a weasel. Polonius: It is backed like a weasel. Hamlet: Or like a whale? Polonius: Very like a whale.

Where is Polonius? HAMLET In heaven. Send hither to see. If your messenger find him not there, seek him i' th' other place yourself. But if indeed you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby.

So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

Hamlet: Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring? Ophelia: 'Tis brief, my lord.

Hamlet: As woman's love.

I belong to the generation of workers who, born in the villages and hamlets of rural Poland, had the opportunity to acquire education and find employment in industry, becoming in the course conscious of their rights and importance in society.

Said Hamlet to Ophelia, I'll draw a sketch of thee. What kind of pencil shall I use? 2B or not 2B?

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

There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow.

To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink.

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution Is slicked o'er with the pale cast of thought

A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid.

Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. Hamlet

As Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, had said in Shakespeare's immortal words, 'I must be cruel only to be kind.

You Jig, you amble, and you lisp.

Many actors want to play Hamlet and Macbeth.

Ever since I became an actor, from the very beginning I just wanted to play a Shetland pony. I cannot explain why

Refrain to-night; And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence, the next more easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And either master the devil or throw him out With wondrous potency.

Hamlet and Victor Frankenstein are each obsessed with death.

Hamlet's whole story is a philosophical preparation for death; Victor's is an intellectual refusal to accept it.

I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest Lears or Hamlets.

Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks

This is the very ecstasy of love.

Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears.

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.

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