King Lear Quotes on Age and Love

Quotations from King Lear on the themes of age and love.

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Age Quotations

Lear:

"conferring them on younger strenghts" on his duties

"Our eldest born, speak first" to Gonerill

"Old fond eyes"

"despised old man" of self during the tempest

"I am a very foolish, fond old man" to Cordelia in penitence

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Age Quotations Continued

Regan:

"'This the infirmity of his age" of Lear

"O sir, you are old" at Gloucester's house, to Lear

Edmond:

"twelve or fourteen moonshines / Lag of a brother?"

"Wherefore 'base'?"

"oppression of aged tyranny" his words in 'Edgar's' letter

"the father should be as ward to the son" Edmond of Edgar's opinions

"The younger rises when the old doth fall"

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Age Quotations

Gonerill:

"as may besort your age" of Lear's train

"enguard his dotage with their powers" of Lear's train

Fool:

"old before thy time"

Kent:

"I am too old to learn" to Cornwall (disguised as Caius)

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Love Quotations

Gonerill:

"I love you more than word can wield the matter" to Lear

Cordelia:

"Love, and be silent"

"my love's / more ponderous than my tongue"

"I love your majesty / According to my bond"

Regan:

"she comes too short" of Gonerill's words

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Love Quotations

Lear:

"stranger to my heart" to Cordelia

"Thou art twice her love" to Gonerill, using knights to quantify her love

"thou art a soul in bliss" to Cordelia in last Act

"I know you do not love me; for your sisters / Have... done me wrong"

France:

"Love's not love / When it is mingled with regards that stands / Aloof from th'entire point"

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Love Quotations

Edmond:

"Yours in ranks of death" to Gonerill

"Neither can be enjoyed / If both remain alive" of Gonerill and Regan

Albany:

"I hold you but as a subject of this war / Not as a brother" to Edmond

Kent:

"My master calls me" of Lear

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