Hamlet quotes you probably use

So many of us use words and phrases that Shakespeare invented, or variations of them, but we don’t even realize where they originated! Here are just a few famous quotes from Hamlet that are common in present-day speech. Know of others that aren’t here? Tell us on Facebook!
“This above all: to thine own self be true”

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

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

“To sleep: perchance to dream”

“Ay, there’s the rub”

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

“Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”

“Sweets to the sweet.”

“The lady doth protest too much”

“this quintessence of dust”

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

“The Play’s the Thing”

“Alas, poor Yorick!”

“Get thee to a nunnery.”

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be”

“Words, words, words”


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