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"Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast"...

-Ghost
Speaking about Claudius.
"A cutpurse of the empire and the rule"...

-Hamlet
Likens Claudius to a thief, who has literally stolen the King's crown.
"my [his] uncle-father and aunt-mother"...

-Hamlet
Speaking to Guildenstern and revealing the disdain he holds for Claudius and Gertrude - as they are committing incest by marrying (especially with such 'great haste').
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"...

-Marcellus

"'Tis an unweeded garden, that grows to seed; Things rank and gross in nature"...

-Hamlet
Referring to the Court. Corruption emanates forth from the center and into society (like a growing, spreading unweeded garden), causing troubled times - reflecting contemporary audience's fear at the time, of the threat of the Spanish armada.
"confined to fast in fires"

-Ghost
Ghost is corruption personified. Not only is it from the Roman Catholic belief (coming from a state of purgatory), which contrasts with the majority of the time, who were Protestants (therefore undermining the Ghost's authenticity in the eyes of the contemporary audience - they consider it more to be a Devil), but it is, in fact, the base cause for all that happens in the play (corruption, deceit, death, underhand techniques etc.).
"How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable/ Seem to me all the uses of this world"...

-Hamlet
Invoking a sense of pointlessness about life.