Famous Lines

William Shakespeare coined a number of phrases that we still use today, including (in varying forms) the following from Hamlet.


“The lady protests to much, methinks.” 

-Gertrude 3.2.218


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

-Hamlet 3.1.57


“To thine own self be true.”

-Polonius 1.3.79


"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't."

-Polonius 2.2.195


“The play's the thing…”

-Hamlet 2.2.565


“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

-Polonius 2.2.92


“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

-Hamlet 1.5.168


“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”

-Marcellus 1.4.95


“Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio.”

-Hamlet 5.1.161