Quotations From Hamlet

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Hamlet is one of my favorite plays. I consider it to be one of the most difficult, dense, and deep of William Shakespeare’s tragedies. I have read it many times, seen numerous stage and film productions, and have taught it in many of my classes. I have the joy of teaching it this summer in my “Renaissance Plays in Process” class for the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College, and I will teach it again this fall in “Shakespeare.” I thought, therefore, I would offer a few of the important quotations from the play.



“There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow; 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.” (Act 5. Scene 2. Lines 217-220)

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Act…

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3 responses to “Quotations From Hamlet”

  1. Me too considers Hamlet as one of the most difficult-dense-deep as well as most interesting among William Shakespeare’s tragedies.
    & My favourite quotation is :
    There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so . ( I’m not sure about whether it is exactly correct or not ).
    Thanks for sharing this & liked it very much
    You did it well
    Keep sharing 💜

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    • Thank you for sharing Akshaya.. 🙂 All credit goes to the original writer.. I just reblogged. Indeed these are classic quotations. And I agree, we are constantly in the mode of thinking or overthinking more regarding how other people will consider our actions – as good or bad.. Our intentions maybe good and pure but still can be considered bad by the people around.


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