King Lear Quotes

A selection of qoutes from the charecters from King Lear on matters regarding Love, Loyalty, Legitimacy, Sight, Justice, Foolishness & Divine Order.

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Goneril- 'Sir i love you more than word can weild the matter'

Coredlia- 'What shall cordelia speak? Love,and be silent.'

Regan- 'I find she names my very deed of love; Only she comes too short'

Cordelia- 'I cannot heave my heart into my mouth'

Cordelia- 'I return those duties back as are right fit, Obey you, love you and most                   honour you'  

Gloucester- 'I have a son...who is no dearer in my account' 

Kent- 'Royal Lear, whom I have ever honour'd as my king, loved as my father'

France- 'Love's not love when it is mingled with regards aloof from th'entire point.'

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Cordelia- 'Obey you, love you and most honour you'

Lear- 'Thy master, whom thou lovest, shall find the full of labours' 

Edmund- 'Edmund the base, shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper.' 

Gloucester- 'The king my old master must be relieved' 

Albany- 'Edmund, I arrest thee on capital treason; and, in thine attain, this guilded serpent'

Kent- 'I am the very man...That from your first of difference and decay, have follow'd your sad steps'

Cordelia- 'O thou good Kent! How shall I live and work to match thy goodness?' 

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Edmund- 'Why rand they us with base? With baseness? Bastardy? Base, base?'

Edmund- 'Well then, legitimate Edgar, I must have your land'

Edmund- 'Fine word, 'legitimate'!'

Edmund- 'Now, gods, stand up for bastards!'

Gloucester- 'I have so often blush'd to acknowlege him, that now I am braz'd to it.'

Edmund- 'Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit' 

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Goneril- 'Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty'

Lear- 'Hence, and avod my sight'

Lear- 'Dart your blinding flames into her sconful eyes!' 

Lear- 'Her eyes are fierce' 

Lear- 'A man may see how this world goes with no eyes' 

Gloucester- 'I have no way, and therefore want no eyes' 

Gloucester- 'I would not see thy cruel nails pluck out his poor old eyes' 

Cornwall- 'Upon these eyes of thine I'll set my foot' 

Gloucester- ''Tis times' plague when madmen lead the blind' 

Lear- 'I am old and foolish.' 

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Cordelia- 'Time will unfold what plighted cunning hides'

Edmund- 'The curiosity of nations to deprive me' 

Lear-'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!' 

Lear- 'And thou, all-shaking thunder, Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!' 

Lear- 'I am a man more sinned against than sinning' 

Lear- 'Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yond simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?' 

Lear- 'Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all?'

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Lear- 'I am old and foolish.' 

Kent- 'In thy best consideration, check this hideous rashness' 

Gloucester- 'Oh! Dear son Edgar, The food of thy abused fathers rath' 

Lear- 'I fear I am not in my perfect mind' 

Lear- 'Ill kneel down, and ask thee forgiveness' 

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Divine Order

Gloucester- 'As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport' 

Edmund- 'Now, gods stand up for bastards' 

Lear- 'Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!' 

Lear- 'Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, the gods themselves throw incense.'

Lear- 'The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices make instruments to plague us.'

Kent- 'Now, by Apollo, king, thou swear'st thy gods in vain.' 

Lear- 'Away! By Jupiter, this shall not be revok'd' 

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Animal imagery

Lear- 'Wolfish visage' (in refference to Goneril) 

Lear- 'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!' 

Gloucester- 'Rash boarish fangs' (to Regan)

Fool- 'The hedge-sprrow fed the cuckoo so long, that it's had it head bitten off by the young.' 

Lear- 'Come not between the dragon and his wrath.' 

Lear- 'Judicious punishment! 'twas this flesh begot those pelican daughters.' 

Lear- 'Ingratitude...more hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child, than any sea-monster.' 

Edmund- 'Each jealous of the other as the stung is of the Adder.' 

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