Useful Othello Quotations

Here are some useful quotes from Othello, with brief description and act references.

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Page 3: Iago says that Cassio is an inexperienced fighter ­ `One Michael Cassio... that
never set a squadron in the field, Nor the devision of a battle knows... Mere
prattle without practice, Is all his soldiership.'
Page 5: Iago admits he only cares about himself ­ `Others there are Who... Keep yet
their hearts attending on themselves, And throwing but shows of service
on their lords...These fellows have some soul, And such a one do I profess
Page 27: Othello says he knows of little except the life of a soldier. ­ `For since these arms
of mine had seven years' pith Till now some nine moons wasted, they have
used Their dearest action in the tented field; And little of this great world I
can speak More than pertains to feats of broil and battle; And therefore
little shall grace my cause In speaking for myself.'
Page39: Othello says that Iago is well respected by everyone. ­ `A man he is of honesty and
Page 45: Iago admits in a soliloquy what he thinks of Othello, and supplies a reason for wanting to
harm him. ­ `I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that `twixt my sheets
He's done my office.'
Page 65: Iago's next soliloquy reveals how insecure he is about his relationship with Emilia, his wife. ­
`Now, I do love her too, Not out of absolute lust ­ through peradventure I
stand accountant for as great as a sin.'
Page 83: Cassio talks about how important his reputation is. ­ `Reputation, reputation,
reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of
myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!
Page107: Iago warns Othello using a famous image. ­ `O beware, my lord, of jealousy: It
is the green eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.'

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