The rest is silence.

Literary Tattoos: Shakespeare Hamlet

O, I die, Horatio;
The potent poison quite o’er-crows my spirit:
I cannot live to hear the news from England;
But I do prophesy the election lights
On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;
So tell him, with the occurrents, more and less,
Which have solicited. The rest is silence.

- Hamlet, act V, scene ii

This tattoo belongs to Nicky:

I got this tattoo to celebrate getting a 2:1 for my English Literature degree – I’ve since been accepted to a post-grad course in Shakespeare studies, so I’m sure it’ll be an intersting talking point there!


  1. Lindsey says

    I love this line and in fact I recently got the same line as a tattoo to celebrate my third year of teaching. It is in a different font, style, and place. Each year I teach the play Hamlet to my seniors and this line has always been my favorite. I had a feeling that someone else might have this tattoo given the significance of the line in the play. I too got my BA in literature with a focus on Shakespeare. I suppose here we see proof in the old cliche that great minds think alike…


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