William Shakespeare quote about words from Hamlet - Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
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Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
 William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source Hamlet
Topic words guilt honesty
Date 1623
Language English
Reference The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene 3
Note Written between 1599 and 1602 Claudius line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1524/1524-h/1524-h.htm


“And that his soul may be as damn'd and black As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays.
This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. [Exit.]
The King rises and advances. King. My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go. [Exit.]
SCENE IV. Another room in the Castle.
Enter Queen and Polonius. Polonius. He will come straight. Look you lay home to him,

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master Hamlet hesitates to kill Claudius to avenge his father's death, but as Claudius is praying, he decides to find a more suitable time. Indeed, if he kills him now, Claudius would risk having his sins absolved. Claudius, who has not seen Hamlet, then stands up and acknowledges that his prayers are pointless because they are not sincere, and that his lack of remorse makes them meaningless.
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