Hamlet: Top Ten Quotes

Polonius to his son Laertes who is departing for France (1.3.84):
“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.”

Hamlets description of the less-than-natural relationship between himself and Claudius (1.2.67):
“A little more than kin and less than kind.”

Ophelia to her brother Laertes who is giving her advice on her relationship with Hamlet (1.3.51):
“Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads And recks not his own rede.”

The ghost to Hamlet, describing the true cause of his death (1.5.33):
“Murder most foul, as in the best it is,But this most foul, strange, and unnatural.”

Hamlet to himself (3.1.64):
“To be or not to be-that is the question:
Whether tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And, by opposing, end them.”

The Player King performing the words Hamlet has written for him (3.2.234):
“Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.”

Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on his madness (2.2.402):
“I am but mad north-north-west.  When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”

Marcellus to Horatio after Hamlet follows the ghost (1.4.100):
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

Hamlet to Laertes prior to their duel (5.2.252):
“Hamlet is of the faction that is wronged; His madness is poor Hamlets enemy.” Madness Quote
“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fixd His canon gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! (1.2.5) “