William Shakespeare's Famous Quotes
"I speak daggers to her, but use none"
What does this quote mean?
In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, after the play, The Mousetrap, in the halls of the castle, Hamlet speaks his emotions to himself. Polonious has just come to tell Hamlet his mother wishes to speak to him. After Polonious exits, Hamlet murderously says "I will speak daggers to her, but use none" (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 369). His angry tone softens as the scene resolves, and he becomes stronger in his quest to revenge his father. Hamlet is angry with his mother for marrying his uncle, but he doesn't want to harm her. He is regretful for being so mad at someone he loves so dearly. He loves his family so much that he does not wish to hurt them, but must first control his emotions and sort his priorities. Sometimes harsh words can be just as menacing as a threatening dagger.