Act I, scene ii. A room of state at Elsinore.
HORATIO: My lord, I came to see your father’s funeral.
HAMLET: I think it was to see my mother’s wedding.
HORATIO: Indeed, my lord, it followed hard upon.
HAMLET: She’s been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.
Act I, scene v. A platform before the castle.
Enter GHOST and HAMLET.
GHOST: My hour is almost come,
When I to sulf’rous and tormenting flames
Must render up myself.
HAMLET: If you get a ringing in your ears,
don’t answer it.
Act II, scene ii. A room in the castle.
Enter HAMLET, reading.
POLONIUS: How does my good Lord Hamlet?
HAMLET: If I had blood, I’d blush.
POLONIUS: Do you know me, my lord?
HAMLET: You’re the only man I ever met with a seersucker face.
POLONIUS: Not I, my lord.
HAMLET: You are frank and earnest with women. In Fresno you’re Frank, and in Chicago you’re Ernest.
Act III, scene ii. A hall in the castle.
Enter HAMLET and OPHELIA.
OPHELIA: You are merry, my lord.
HAMLET: Merry? I’d commit suicide if it didn’t involve killing myself.
Act V, scene i. A churchyard.
Enter two CLOWNS, with spades, etc.
FIRST CLOWN: Here’s a skull now. This skull has lain in the earth three and twenty years.
HAMLET: Whose was it?
FIRST CLOWN: This same skull, sir, was Yorick’s skull, the king’s jester.
HAMLET: Let me see. (Takes the skull.) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him. He had a defect that to a jester might be fatal. He wasn’t funny.
Act V, scene i. (The same churchyard.)
LAERTES: Lay her i’ th’ earth,
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring!
HAMLET: What, the fair Ophelia? She must have had Egyptian blood. Every time I tried to kiss her, she said, “Tut! Tut!”
Act V, scene ii. A hall in the castle.
LAERTES: Hamlet, thou art slain;
No med’cine in the world can do thee good.
In thee there is not half an hour’s life.
HAMLET: Want to know the secret of longevity? Keep breathing.