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"Hamlet got a gun now." - Nick Cave

"Be patient, Ophelia. Love, Hamlet" - Kurt Vonnegut

"To each our own Hamlet." - Jasper Fforde

"Hamlet is a little daunting." - Kyle Maclachlan

"Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence." - Ben Kingsley

"I think Hamlet is a very funny play - Hamlet is riddled with wit." - Chukwudi Iwuji

"If I ever play Hamlet, it'll be in a dress!" - Matt Lucas

"You have to learn the language of Hamlet." - Edward Bond

"Most people don't see Hamlet as an old bald guy." - Joss Whedon

"I've done classical theaters. I played Hamlet myself and Romeo." - Damian Lewis

"Hamlet: Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring? Ophelia: 'Tis brief, my lord. Hamlet: As woman's love." - William Shakespeare

"Shakespeare without Othello, Lear, Macbeth and Hamlet would be all too much like Hamlet without the prince." - Brand Blanshard

"(Hamlet:) What news? (Rosencrantz:) None, my lord, but that the world's grown honest. (Hamlet:) Then is doomsday near. But your news is not true." - William Shakespeare

"Twins are under-represented in the media. Hamlet - never twins. Hamlet Twins Of Denmark. King And Queen Lear. It would work. Come on, more twins on television." - Steven Moffat

"You don't really audition for Hamlet; Hamlet is one of those roles that a director or producer decides you should do it." - Chukwudi Iwuji

"Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother's death the memory be green." - William Shakespeare

"I ask myself more questions than Hamlet as I ponder which shoes to wear" - Eva Gabor

"Each in his narrow cell forever laid, The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep." - Thomas Gray

"Hamlet at 70: "To sleep, perchance to dream. To awaken, perchance to go to the bathroom."" - Robert Breault

"Horatio looked handsomely miserable, like Hamlet slipping on a piece of orange-peel." - Charles Dickens

"The cannons to the heavens, the heavens to earth, Now the king drinks to Hamlet." - William Shakespeare

"Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan?" - Robert A Heinlein

"POLONIUS: What do you read, my lord? HAMLET: Words, words, words." - William Shakespeare

"The neurotic thinks himself both Hamlet and Claudius, in a world that belongs to Polonius." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"Critchley and Webster's fierce, witty exploration of Hamlet makes most other writing about Shakespeare seem simpleminded." - Hari Kunzru

"Hamlet: Lady, shall I lie in your lap? Ophelia: No, my lord. Hamlet: DId you think I meant country matters? Ophelia: I think nothing, my lord. Hamlet: That's a fair thought to lie between maids' legs. Ophelia: What is, my lord? Hamlet: Nothing." - William Shakespeare

"Will you walk out of the air, my lord? HAMLET Into my grave." - William Shakespeare

"There are three thing in the world I love most: the sea, Hamlet, and Don Giovanni." - Gustave Flaubert

"Hamlet has been played by 5,000 actors, no wonder he is crazy." - H L Mencken

"I took the role of Ophelia in Hamlet because she is so naive, loving, and innocent." - Julia Stiles

"Critchley and Webster's fierce, witty exploration of Hamlet makes most other writing about Shakespeare seem simpleminded." - Hari Kunzru

"Lord Bacon could as easily have created the planets as he could have written Hamlet." - Thomas Carlyle

"Schopenhauer has analysed the pessimism that characterize modern thought, but Hamlet invented it" - Oscar Wilde

"This guy (Marlon Brando) - he'll be doing Hamlet when the rest of us are selling potatoes." - Humphrey Bogart

"All perform their tragic play, There struts Hamlet, there is Lear, That's Ophelia, that Cordelia." - William Butler Yeats

"No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be." - T S Eliot

"This play [Hamlet] has a prophetic truth, which is above that of history." - William Hazlitt

"Leonardo is the Hamlet of art history whom each of us must recreate for himself." - Kenneth Clark

"Each in his narrow cell forever laid, The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep." - Thomas Gray

"Beyond the Indian hamlet, upon a forlorn strand, I happened on a trail of recent footprints." - David Mitchell

"Hamlet' has been played by 5,000 actors - no wonder he's crazy." - H L Mencken

"Or where the kneeling hamlet drains The chalice of the grapes of God." - Alfred Tennyson

"There's something rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet says...it's payback time!" - Jasper Fforde

"You'd never play Hamlet if you started worrying about who's played it before you." - Matthew Macfadyen

"Sibling relationships are complicated. All family relationships are. Look at Hamlet." - Maurice Saatchi

"I'm as happy doing 'Postman Pat' as I am doing 'Hamlet.'" - David Tennant

"Macbeth is contending with the realities of this world, Hamlet with those of the next." - Jones Very

"What if Shakespeare had had a test audience for Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet?" - Brendan Fraser

"I played Hamlet, I played Chekhov and Ibsen and all the classics." - Harvey Korman

"I would rather play Hamlet with no rehearsal than TV golf." - Jack Lemmon

"I would love to play Henry IV, Henry V, and Hamlet." - Finn Wittrock

"We remake 'Hamlet' all the time. That's sort of what we do, humans." - Joel Kinnaman

"'Hamlet' is a play about a man whose grief is deemed unseemly." - Meghan O'Rourke

"There have been more books alone written about Hamlet than have been written about the Bible." - Mark Rylance

"'Hamlet' is a play about a man whose grief is deemed unseemly." - Meghan Orourke

"Actors want to do Shakespeare again and again, or want to do Hamlet. When you hear one guy do Hamlet and another guy do it, it's going to be a whole different experience." - Joshua Bell

"When you are at the right age to play Hamlet you are still to young and immature to play it. It is much later, when you get the life experience and the emotional power, that you understand Hamlet or Macbeth." - Anthony Hopkins

"I like drama as well. When I played Hamlet, I got one review that said, "This must surely be the funniest Hamlet in history," but schoolgirls would still cry when he died." - Jason Gann

"I not only loved studying theater, I loved being a theater major. It gave me an excuse to brood, to grow a beard, to wear black 'at' people. I didn't just want to play Hamlet, I wanted to be Hamlet." - Stephen Colbert

"I started to realise that it wasn't for me. Perhaps I didn't have to give my Hamlet before I died, that the world might be an OK place without my Hamlet, in fact." - Eric Mccormack

"I've seen 'Hamlet' many times, and Hamlet, he was just a hideous neurotic; he never changes. He doubts - all the way to the end, all the way until when he dies, he doubts." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

"Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words. Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord? Hamlet: Between who? Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord." - William Shakespeare

"The two greatest plays ever written were Hamlet and Oedipus Rex, and they're both about father-son relationships." - Arthur Miller

"The stage can be defined as a place where Shakespeare murdered Hamlet and a great many Hamlets murdered Shakespeare." - Robert Morse

"If 'Hamlet' had been written in these days it would probably have been called 'The Strange Affair at Elsinore." - James M Barrie

"To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, "I wish I had known this some time ago." - Roger Zelazny

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

"Born to play? Hmmm. Probably Romeo... or Hamlet, I guess. Also, I'd be a great Alexander the Great." - David Carradine

"If you haven't read Shakespeare's Hamlet yet, it means that you haven't reached the summit of the literature yet!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I turned Hamlet down because it was going to take up too much of my drinking time." - Richard Harris

"I had to kiss it [ playing Hamlet] goodbye because Marvel have to plot things for the next three, four years." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"If you decide to do Hamlet in a funny hat staged in a ruined factory, it doesn't make you Shakespeare." - William Monahan

"I saw Hamlet Pr: of Denmark played: but now the old playe began to disgust this refined age." - John Evelyn

"Hamlet is every man's self-love with all its dreams realized. He wears all the crowns and carries every cross." - Hugh Kingsmill

"Hamlet is egotism as it appears to itself, and Don Quixote is egotism as it appears to the detached observer." - Hugh Kingsmill

"I've played Hamlet and Coriolanus, Orlando in 'As You like It' and Ariel in 'Tempest,' among others." - Christian Camargo

"I'm just an entertainer. All I want to be is funny. I never aspired to play Hamlet." - Danny Kaye

"'Hamlet' is the best description of grief I've read because it dramatizes grief rather than merely describing it." - Meghan Orourke

"We need more bodies, 'cause it's not looking enough like the last scene in Hamlet already. -Chopper Jim Chopin" - Dana Stabenow

"Doing Shakespeare in the Park has always been a dream. Everyone else says Hamlet, but I want to play Romeo." - Aaron Yoo

"'Born to play? Hmmm. Probably Romeo... or Hamlet, I guess. Also, I'd be a great Alexander the Great." - David Carradine

"Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?" - Jean Genet

"Most actors are either a shower of bloody scruffs or think they should dress like Hamlet off stage." - Martin Freeman

"I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure." - Kenneth Branagh

"'Hamlet' is the best description of grief I've read because it dramatizes grief rather than merely describing it." - Meghan O'Rourke

"I saw Hamlet Prince of Denmark played; but now the old plays begin to disgust this refined age." - John Evelyn

"I look forward to the day when indigenous actors can play Hamlet and Ophelia and not just Othello and Desdemona." - Shari Sebbens

"Hamlet: 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." - William Shakespeare

"Hamlet is a remarkably easy role. Physically it's hard because it tends to be about three hours long and you're talking the whole time. But it's a simple role and it adapts itself very well, because the thing about Hamlet is, we all are Hamlet." - Liev Schreiber

"Prometheus is action. Hamlet is hesitation. In Prometheus the obstacle is exterior; in Hamlet it is interior. In Prometheus the will is securely nailed down by nails of brass and cannot get loose; besides, it has by its side two watchers, Force and Power. In Hamlet the will is more tied down yet; it is bound by previous meditation, - the endless chain of the undecided." - Victor Hugo

"Hamlet 's character is the prevalence of the abstracting and generalizing habit over the practical. He does not want courage, skill, will, or opportunity; but every incident sets him thinking; and it is curious, and at the same time strictly natural, that Hamlet, who all the play seems reason itself, should he impelled, at last, by mere accident to effect his object. I have a smack of Hamlet myself, if I may say so." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"I am haunted by the ghost of my father, I think that should allow me to quote Hamlet as much as I please." - Erin Morgenstern

"Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein so that's the one I do." - Peter Cushing

"You can't automate in the arts. Since the sixteenth century there has been no change in the number of people necessary to produce Hamlet." - William T. Wiley

"I find it easier to believe in God than to believe Hamlet was deduced from the molecular structure of a mutton chop." - William F Buckley Jr

"I didn't realize you needed a response. When Hamlet is giving a monologue, he just goes on and on by himself." - Eloisa James

"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." - Kenneth Branagh

"(Hamlet:) Has this fellow no feeling of his business, that 'a sings at grave-making? (Horatio:) Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness." - William Shakespeare

"O Hamlet, speak no more. Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct." - William Shakespeare

"O,speak to me no more;these words like daggers enter my ears.(a fancy way of saying SHUT UP!)" - William Shakespeare "hamlet" - William Shakespeare

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

"Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off ... Do not for ever with thy vailed lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust." - William Shakespeare

"Hamlet' is obviously a role a lot of actors want to portray or be involved with in some way and that I'd like to be involved in." - Jamie Campbell Bower

"But what if Shakespeare? and Hamlet? were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?" - Gayle Forman

"The playbill, which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out." - Walter Scott

"When it's a minor or supporting role, you learn to make the most of what you're given. I can make two lines seem like Hamlet." - Denholm Elliott

"A brilliant treatment of the history of Purgatory in England and its survivals and echoes throughout Shakespeare's plays, above all Hamlet." - Carol Zaleski

"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There are a thousand ways of playing a good classic. If it were effective, I would play Hamlet on a trapeze." - Orson Welles

"The only way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win." - Humphrey Bogart

"There is a kitsch of death. For example, death transformed into sweet sleep: The 'good night, sweet prince' of the last scene of Hamlet." - Saul Friedlander

"But what if Shakespeare and Hamlet were asking the wrong question? What if the real question is not whether to be, but how to be?" - Gayle Forman

"And in spite of David and Jonathan, Hamlet and Horatio, Caesar and Antony, Bush and Blair, women have a greater gift, I think, for friendship." - John Mortimer

"He looked at her with that kind of painted-on seriousness that comedians shift into when they get their chance to play Hamlet." - Tom Robbins

"The play-bill, which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out." - Walter Scott

"Of course, like all young men, I tried to be as unhappy as I could - a kind of Hamlet and Raskolnikov rolled into one." - Jorge Luis Borges

"For Kingbitter the Hamlet question did not run To be or not to be? but Am I or am I not?" - Imre Kertesz

"Hamlet, Kiekegaard, Kafka are ironists in the wake of Jesus. All Western irony is a repetition of Jesus' enigmas/riddles, in amalgam with the ironies of Socrates." - Harold Bloom

"I had a good theater career for years. I played Hamlet when I was 22, and I've played some really great roles." - Jason Gann

"I've always wanted to give 'Hamlet' a shot. It's the big one, you know. I haven't done Shakespeare professionally, so I think it would be terrifying." - Brian Darcy James

"Hamlet, that's the only role there is, finally. The only role. After that, you settle down and only do the fun things on stage." - Stephen Lang

"From the wrestling of his own soul with the great enemy, comes that depth and mystery which startles us in Hamlet." - Jones Very

"The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it." - Orson Welles

"Shakespeare is in many ways an African writer and 'Hamlet' would be seen as a very accurate historical saga about an African kingdom." - Henning Mankell

"One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality." - Kenneth Branagh

"'Hamlet' is obviously a role a lot of actors want to portray or be involved with in some way and that I'd like to be involved in." - Jamie Campbell Bower

"The actor is too prone to exaggerate his powers; he wants to play Hamlet when his appearance is more suitable to King Lear." - Sarah Bernhardt

"If you were to ask everyone what 'Hamlet' was about, they might say, "It's about a prince, and he says, 'To be or not to be.'"" - Orlando Bloom

"I don't admire Freud as much as some people do. Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet. It would have been a disaster." - Nathalie Sarraute

"Of course 'Hamlet' is a debate about the nature and morality of revenge and whether it is right to do something to assuage your angry feelings." - Samuel West

"Could Hamlet have been written bya committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the NewTestament have been composed as a conference report?" - Alfred Whitney Griswold

"We want to do for 'Hamlet' what Baz Luhrmann did for 'Romeo and Juliet' in terms of like a really cool kind of re-imagining." - Emile Hirsch

"I have no desire to play King Lear or Hamlet. I never had a grand ambition. I just followed my nose." - Liam Neeson

"Is not every action of Hamlet induced by a fanatical impulse, which tells him that duty consists in revenge alone? And dose it need superhuman efforts to recognize that revenge never can be duty? I say again that Hamlet thinks much, but that he is by no means wise." - Maurice Maeterlinck

"ROSENCRANTZ My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king. HAMLET The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing - GUILDENSTERN A thing my lord? HAMLET Of nothing. Bring me to him. Hide fox, and all after!" - William Shakespeare

"The tragedy of Hamlet is critically considered to be the masterpiece of dramatic poetry; and the tragedy of Hamlet is also, according to the testimony of every sort of manager, the play of all others which can invariably be depended on to fill a theater." - George Augustus Henry Sala

"The tragedy of "Hamlet" is critically considered to be the masterpiece of dramatic poetry; and the tragedy of "Hamlet" is also, according to the testimony of every sort of manager, the play of all others which can invariably be depended on to fill a theater." - George Augustus Henry Sala

"The instructor has to teach history, cosmogony, psychology, ethics, the laws of nations. How can he do it without saying anything favorable or unfavorable about the beliefs of evangelical Christians, Catholics, Socinians, Deists, pantheists, materialists, or fetish worshipers, who all claim equal rights under American institutions? His teaching will indeed be "the play of Hamlet, with the part of Hamlet omitted."" - Robert Dabney

"I became an actress because I discovered the world of the imagination when I was about 14 or so and the concept that you could engage in this amazing world of storytelling. I saw a production of Hamlet, and I didn't know Hamlet died in the end." - Helen Mirren

"Hamlet is a name: his speeches and sayings but the idle coinage of the poet's brain. What then, are they not real? They are as real as our own thoughts. Their reality is in the reader's mind. It is we who are Hamlet." - William Hazlitt

"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." - William Shakespeare

"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." - William Shakespeare

"You have to get through the Hamlet hoop as a young actor. Your classical qualifications are based on the quality of your Hamlet. And then, as an older actor, you have to get through the Lear hoop. And I'm approaching the Lear hoop." - Derek Jacobi

"I have an aunt who believed strongly that teaching kids that Shakespeare is 'hard' is wrong, so she handed me 'Hamlet' when I was in kindergarten to see what would happen. What happened was I did a book report on 'Hamlet' and caused quite a lot of trouble!" - Seanan Mcguire

"In Shakespeare's world, characters cannot trust their senses. Is the ghost in Hamlet true and truthful, or is it a demon, tempting young Hamlet into murderous sin? Is Juliet dead or merely sleeping? Does Lear really stand at the edge of a great cliff? Or has the Fool deceived him to save his life?" - Virginia Postrel

"Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor... But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him." - John Ritter

"HAMLET [...] we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table; that's the end. CLAUDIUS Alas, alas. HAMLET A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm. CLAUDIUS What dost thou mean by this? HAMLET Nothing but to show you how a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar." - William Shakespeare

"The problem with the Jude Law "Hamlet" was simply that it wasn't unpredictable, that it was a very down-the-center modern production. You wouldn't go to the theater expecting to see an old-fashioned "Hamlet" where everybody wears an old fashioned costume. You don't get points for putting on a "Hamlet" where everybody dresses in black. I've seen that one several times. But again, it's not that it has to be new, it simply that it has to be different, fresh, that it doesn't bore, that it doesn't make me - I don't feel as I'm watching it that I know where it's going to go." - Terry Teachout

"A collector recently bought at public auction, in London, for one hundred and fifty-seven guineas, an autograph of Shakespeare; but for nothing a school-boy can read Hamlet and can detect secrets of highest concernment yet unpublished therein." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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." - J B Priestley



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