Macbeth Quotes

List of quotes for Shakespeare's Macbeth categorised into Act and Scene Number. Created specifically for AQA LITB3 Elements of the Gothic.

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Macbeth Quotes
Act 1 Scene 1
"Thunder" whenever the witches enter.
"Fair is foul and foul is fair."
Act 1 Scene 2
"Brave Macbeth ­ he deserves that name" ­ Captain
"What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won" ­ Duncan reiterates Witches
Act 1 Scene 3
Witches refer to themselves as "The Weird Sisters" in Old English "wyrd" meant fate.
"So fair and foul a day" Macbeth become manipulated.
"withered and wild in their attire... beards" Banquo depicts them as androgynous.
Macbeth is left "rapt withal" ­ spellbound.
Banquo "neither begs nor fears" the Witches who tell him "Thou shalt get kings, though
thou be none"
"Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more." Macbeth's hamartia and is powerless as
witches vanish.
"The instruments of darkness tell us truths , win us with honest trifles, to betray us in
deepest consequence." Banquo foreshadows how associating with the devil can lead to
"This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good." Sparks Macbeth's inner
conflict as he considers murder.
Act 1 Scene 4
"O worthiest cousin, the sin of my ingratitude even now was heavy on me." Duncan is
naïve, talks of sin frivolously.
"More is thy due than all can pay." Duncan appreciates Macbeth.
"I have begun to plant thee and will labor to make thee full of growing." Duncan. Could
link to Genesis.
"Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires." Macbeth is deceitful.
Act 1 Scene 5
"Too full of the milk of human kindness" Lady Macbeth on Macbeth.
"Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition." LMB says he has everything except a
mean streak.
"Come you spirits, unsex me here and fill me of direst cruelty." LMB rejects her gender.
"Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor." Addresses him regally and reiterates Witches.
"Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it." LMB advising MB.

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Act 1 Scene 6
"This castle hath a pleasant seat." Duncan's naivety on the setting.
Act 1 Scene 7
Macbeth's soliloquy
" 'Twere well it was done quickly."
"Might be the be-all and end-all."
"[Duncan's] virtues will plead like angels, trumpet tongued against the deep damnation of
his taking-off."
MB has "only vaulting ambition" which he recognises can lead to downfalls "which
o'erleaps itself and falls on the other."
Lady Macbeth's coercing.…read more

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Act 2 Scene 2
"It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman, which gives the stern'st good-night." LMB
fears bad omen.
"Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done it." LMB couldn't kill Duncan.
"These deeds must not be thought, it will make us mad." LMB foreshadows.
"Macbeth does murder sleep" MB has hallucinations from guilt.
"Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers." LMB finishes the job.…read more

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Act 4 Scene 1
"I conjure you, answer me."
The supernatural "will not be commanded" MB has no power over witches.
"But why stands Macbeth thus amazedly?" Witches point out he knows the future.
"Damned all those that trust them." MB essentially damns himself for associating with the
MB declares he will "give the edge of the sword to [Macduff's] wife, his babes and all
unfortunate souls that trace him in his line."
Act 4 Scene 3
"Tyrant" Macbeth
"Bleed, bleed poor country.…read more

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I have almost forgot the taste of fears."
"Out out brief candle." "She would have died hereafter."
Act 5 Scene 8
"Untimely ripped." Macduff caesarean.
"I will not yield." Macbeth.
"This dead butcher and his fiendlike queen.…read more


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