- I am satisfied in nature, Whose motive, in this case, should stir me most To my revenge.5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (58% in)
- ...mettle hot and full, Hath in the skirts of Norway, here and there, Shark'd up a list of lawless resolutes, For food and diet, to some enterprise That hath a stomach in't; which is no other,— As it doth well appear unto our state,— But to recover of us, by strong hand, And terms compulsatory, those foresaid lands So by his father lost: and this, I take it, Is the main motive of our preparations, The source of this our watch, and the chief head Of this post-haste and romage in the land.1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — Elsinore (62% in)
- What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, And draw you into madness? think of it: The very place puts toys of desperation, Without more motive, into every brain That looks so many fadoms to the sea And hears it roar beneath.1.4 — Act 1 Scene 4 — The platform (80% in)
- What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have?2.2 — Act 2 Scene 2 — A room in the Castle (93% in)
- The other motive, Why to a public count I might not go, Is the great love the general gender bear him; Who, dipping all his faults in their affection, Would, like the spring that turneth wood to stone, Convert his gyves to graces; so that my arrows, Too slightly timber'd for so loud a wind, Would have reverted to my bow again, And not where I had aim'd them.4.7 — Act 4 Scene 7 — Another room in the Castle (9% in)
There are no more uses of "motive" in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
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