Hamlet in First FolioPage from First Folio, 1623

Hamlet

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Written
1599–1601

First performed
1601 or 1602

First published
1603, in the First Quarto

Literary form
Play

Genres
Tragedy

Language
English

Author's country
England

Length
Five acts, 4,042 lines, approx. 29,000 words

Hamlet

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Notable lines

First line

Who's there?

Great lines and phrases

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

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

...to the manner born

...it is a custom
More honoured in the breach than the observance.

Murder most foul

The time is out of joint

The devil hath power
To assume a pleasing shape.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

This above all: to thine own self be true

Frailty, thy name is woman!

Brevity is the soul of wit

What a piece of work is a man!

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? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil....

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

O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!

The play's the thing....

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action...to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

...Hoist with his own petar.

Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio

I must be cruel, only to be kind

Sweets to the sweet

A hit, a very palpable hit.

To die, to sleep;
To sleep; perchance to dream

The rest is silence.

Good night, sweet prince

Last line

Go bid the soldiers shoot.

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