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‘When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?’

The Witches 1.1

1 of 175

‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair.’
The Witches 1.1

2 of 175

‘The weird sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus do go about, about.’

The Witches 1.3

3 of 175

‘What are these
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on 't?’

Banquo about the Witches 1.3

4 of 175

‘Say, from whence
You owe this strange intelligence?’

Macbeth to the Witches 1.3

5 of 175

‘What! can the devil speak true?’

Banquo on discovering the Thane’s death and Macbeth’s subsequent promotion 1.3

6 of 175

‘Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.’

Macbeth 1.3

7 of 175

‘There's no art
To find the mind's construction in the face’

Duncan about the treacherous ex Thane of Cawdor 1.4

8 of 175

‘Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.’

Lady Macbeth about Macbeth 1.5

9 of 175

‘Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top full
Of direst cruelty’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

10 of 175

‘Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers.’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

11 of 175

‘Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

12 of 175

‘Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under 't.’
Lady Macbeth to Macbeth 1.5

13 of 175

‘If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well
It were done quickly’

Macbeth 1.7

14 of 175

‘Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on the other.’

Macbeth 1.7

15 of 175

‘Was the hope drunk,
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since,
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely?’

Lady Macbeth to Macbeth 1.7

16 of 175

‘I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.’

Macbeth 1.7

17 of 175

‘How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my ****** from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out’

Lady Macbeth 1.7

18 of 175

‘Screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we'll not fail.’

Lady Macbeth 1.7

19 of 175

‘False face must hide what the false heart doth know.’
Macbeth 1.7

20 of 175

‘There's husbandry in heaven;
Their candles are all out.’

Banquo to Fleance 2.1

21 of 175

‘Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? … or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?’

Macbeth 2.1

22 of 175

‘Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Thy very stones prate of my whereabout.’

Macbeth 2.1

23 of 175

‘The bell invites me.
Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.’

Macbeth 2.1

24 of 175

‘That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold,
What hath quenched them hath given me fire.’

Lady Macbeth 2.2

25 of 175

‘It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the stern'st good-night.’

Lady Macbeth 2.2

26 of 175

‘The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us.’

Lady Macbeth as she waits for Macbeth to return from committing regicide 2.2

27 of 175

‘Wherefore could I not pronounce 'Amen'?
I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
Stuck in my throat.’

Macbeth 2.2

28 of 175

‘I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not.’

Macbeth 2.2

29 of 175

‘Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand?’

Macbeth 2.2

30 of 175

‘A little water clears us of this deed.’
Lady Macbeth 2.2

31 of 175

‘The night has been unruly: where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i' the air; strange screams of death’

Lennox to Macbeth just before Macduff confirms Duncan’s murder 2.3

32 of 175

‘Had I but lived an hour before this chance,
I had lived a blessed time.’

Maceth 2.3

33 of 175

‘There's daggers in men's smiles.’
Donaldbain to Malcolm 2.3

34 of 175

‘When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?’

The Witches 1.1

35 of 175

‘Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
As the weird women promised; and, I fear,
Thou play'dst most foully for't.’

Banquo about the Witches prophecies and Macbeth’s fulfillment of them 3.1

36 of 175

‘Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding.’

Macbeth before ordering the death of Banquo 3.1

37 of 175

‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair.’
The Witches 1.1

38 of 175

‘The weird sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus do go about, about.’

The Witches 1.3

39 of 175

‘What are these
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on 't?’

Banquo about the Witches 1.3

40 of 175

‘When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?’

The Witches 1.1

41 of 175

‘We have scorched the snake, not killed it’

Macbeth 3.2

42 of 175

‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair.’
The Witches 1.1

43 of 175

‘Say, from whence
You owe this strange intelligence?’

Macbeth to the Witches 1.3

44 of 175

‘Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill’

Macbeth 3.2

45 of 175

‘What! can the devil speak true?’

Banquo on discovering the Thane’s death and Macbeth’s subsequent promotion 1.3

46 of 175

‘The weird sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus do go about, about.’

The Witches 1.3

47 of 175

‘What are these
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on 't?’

Banquo about the Witches 1.3

48 of 175

‘Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.’

Macbeth 1.3

49 of 175

‘Say, from whence
You owe this strange intelligence?’

Macbeth to the Witches 1.3

50 of 175

‘There's no art
To find the mind's construction in the face’

Duncan about the treacherous ex Thane of Cawdor 1.4

51 of 175

‘Blood will have blood.’

Macbeth 3.4

52 of 175

‘Thou canst not say I did it; never shake

Thy gory locks at me.’

Macbeth to the ghost of Banquo 3.4

53 of 175

‘Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.’

Lady Macbeth about Macbeth 1.5

54 of 175

‘What! can the devil speak true?’

Banquo on discovering the Thane’s death and Macbeth’s subsequent promotion 1.3

55 of 175

‘I am in blood

Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,

Returning were as tedious as go o'er.’

Macbeth 3.4

56 of 175

‘Come what come may,
Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.’

Macbeth 1.3

57 of 175

‘Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.’

The Witches 4.1

58 of 175

‘Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top full
Of direst cruelty’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

59 of 175

‘Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers.’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

60 of 175

‘By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.’

The Witches 4.1

61 of 175

‘There's no art
To find the mind's construction in the face’

Duncan about the treacherous ex Thane of Cawdor 1.4

62 of 175

‘Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

63 of 175

‘How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!’

Macbeth 4.1

64 of 175

‘Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.’

Lady Macbeth about Macbeth 1.5

65 of 175

‘Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn

The power of man, for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth.’

The Witches 4.1

66 of 175

‘Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under 't.’
Lady Macbeth to Macbeth 1.5

67 of 175

‘Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts! unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top full
Of direst cruelty’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

68 of 175

‘Macbeth shall never vanquished be until

Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill

Shall come against him.’

The Witches 4.1

69 of 175

‘If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well
It were done quickly’

Macbeth 1.7

70 of 175

‘Come to my woman's breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers.’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

71 of 175

‘Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell’

Lady Macbeth 1.5

72 of 175

‘When our actions do not,

Our fears do make us traitors.’

Lady Macduff 4.2

73 of 175

‘Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on the other.’

Macbeth 1.7

74 of 175

‘Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under 't.’
Lady Macbeth to Macbeth 1.5

75 of 175

‘Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak

Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.’

Malcolm to Macduff as he consoles him for the loss of his family 4.3

76 of 175

‘Was the hope drunk,
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since,
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely?’

Lady Macbeth to Macbeth 1.7

77 of 175

‘What, all my pretty chickens and their dam

At one fell swoop?’

Macduff after being told of his family’s fate 4.3

78 of 175

‘If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well
It were done quickly’

Macbeth 1.7

79 of 175

‘How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my ****** from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out’

Lady Macbeth 1.7

80 of 175

‘Out, damned spot! out, I say!’

Lady Macbeth 5.1

81 of 175

‘I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.’

Macbeth 1.7

82 of 175

‘Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on the other.’

Macbeth 1.7

83 of 175

‘What's done cannot be undone.’

Lady Macbeth 5. 1

84 of 175

‘Screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we'll not fail.’

Lady Macbeth 1.7

85 of 175

‘False face must hide what the false heart doth know.’
Macbeth 1.7

86 of 175

‘Was the hope drunk,
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since,
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely?’

Lady Macbeth to Macbeth 1.7

87 of 175

‘Unnatural deeds

Do breed unnatural troubles’

The Doctor 5.1

88 of 175

‘I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.’

Macbeth 1.7

89 of 175

‘Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.’

Malcolm 5.2

90 of 175

‘There's husbandry in heaven;
Their candles are all out.’

Banquo to Fleance 2.1

91 of 175

‘Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? … or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?’

Macbeth 2.1

92 of 175

‘What are these
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on 't?’

Banquo about the Witches 1.3

93 of 175

‘Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased

Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow’

Macbeth to the Doctor about his wife 5.3

94 of 175

‘Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Thy very stones prate of my whereabout.’

Macbeth 2.1

95 of 175

 

She should have died hereafter’

Macbeth 5.5

96 of 175

‘Screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And we'll not fail.’

Lady Macbeth 1.7

97 of 175

‘False face must hide what the false heart doth know.’
Macbeth 1.7

98 of 175

‘What are these
So wither'd and so wild in their attire,
That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth,
And yet are on 't?’

Banquo about the Witches 1.3

99 of 175

‘Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more’

Macbeth 5.5

100 of 175

‘There's husbandry in heaven;
Their candles are all out.’

Banquo to Fleance 2.1

101 of 175

‘Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripped.’

Macduff 5.8

102 of 175

‘That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold,
What hath quenched them hath given me fire.’

Lady Macbeth 2.2

103 of 175

‘Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? … or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?’

Macbeth 2.1

104 of 175

‘It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the stern'st good-night.’

Lady Macbeth 2.2

105 of 175

‘Thou sure and firm-set earth,
Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
Thy very stones prate of my whereabout.’

Macbeth 2.1

106 of 175

‘The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us.’

Lady Macbeth as she waits for Macbeth to return from committing regicide 2.2

107 of 175

‘Wherefore could I not pronounce 'Amen'?
I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
Stuck in my throat.’

Macbeth 2.2

108 of 175

‘The bell invites me.
Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.’

Macbeth 2.1

109 of 175

‘That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold,
What hath quenched them hath given me fire.’

Lady Macbeth 2.2

110 of 175

‘I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not.’

Macbeth 2.2

111 of 175

‘It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the stern'st good-night.’

Lady Macbeth 2.2

112 of 175

‘Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand?’

Macbeth 2.2

113 of 175

‘A little water clears us of this deed.’
Lady Macbeth 2.2

114 of 175

‘The attempt and not the deed
Confounds us.’

Lady Macbeth as she waits for Macbeth to return from committing regicide 2.2

115 of 175

‘Wherefore could I not pronounce 'Amen'?
I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen'
Stuck in my throat.’

Macbeth 2.2

116 of 175

‘The night has been unruly: where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i' the air; strange screams of death’

Lennox to Macbeth just before Macduff confirms Duncan’s murder 2.3

117 of 175

‘Had I but lived an hour before this chance,
I had lived a blessed time.’

Maceth 2.3

118 of 175

‘I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not.’

Macbeth 2.2

119 of 175

‘Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand?’

Macbeth 2.2

120 of 175

‘There's daggers in men's smiles.’
Donaldbain to Malcolm 2.3

121 of 175

‘A little water clears us of this deed.’
Lady Macbeth 2.2

122 of 175

‘Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
As the weird women promised; and, I fear,
Thou play'dst most foully for't.’

Banquo about the Witches prophecies and Macbeth’s fulfillment of them 3.1

123 of 175

‘Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding.’

Macbeth before ordering the death of Banquo 3.1

124 of 175

‘The night has been unruly: where we lay,
Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
Lamentings heard i' the air; strange screams of death’

Lennox to Macbeth just before Macduff confirms Duncan’s murder 2.3

125 of 175

‘Things without all remedy
Should be without regard; what's done is done.’

Lady Macbeth 3.2

126 of 175

‘Had I but lived an hour before this chance,
I had lived a blessed time.’

Maceth 2.3

127 of 175

‘We have scorched the snake, not killed it’

Macbeth 3.2

128 of 175

‘There's daggers in men's smiles.’
Donaldbain to Malcolm 2.3

129 of 175

‘Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
As the weird women promised; and, I fear,
Thou play'dst most foully for't.’

Banquo about the Witches prophecies and Macbeth’s fulfillment of them 3.1

130 of 175

‘Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill’

Macbeth 3.2

131 of 175

‘But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in

To saucy doubts and fears.’

Macbeth 3.4

132 of 175

‘Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand,
No son of mine succeeding.’

Macbeth before ordering the death of Banquo 3.1

133 of 175

‘Thou canst not say I did it; never shake

Thy gory locks at me.’

Macbeth to the ghost of Banquo 3.4

134 of 175

‘Things without all remedy
Should be without regard; what's done is done.’

Lady Macbeth 3.2

135 of 175

‘We have scorched the snake, not killed it’

Macbeth 3.2

136 of 175

‘Blood will have blood.’

Macbeth 3.4

137 of 175

‘Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill’

Macbeth 3.2

138 of 175

‘I am in blood

Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,

Returning were as tedious as go o'er.’

Macbeth 3.4

139 of 175

‘But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in

To saucy doubts and fears.’

Macbeth 3.4

140 of 175

‘Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.’

The Witches 4.1

141 of 175

‘Thou canst not say I did it; never shake

Thy gory locks at me.’

Macbeth to the ghost of Banquo 3.4

142 of 175

‘By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.’

The Witches 4.1

143 of 175

‘Blood will have blood.’

Macbeth 3.4

144 of 175

‘How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!’

Macbeth 4.1

145 of 175

‘Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn

The power of man, for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth.’

The Witches 4.1

146 of 175

‘I am in blood

Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,

Returning were as tedious as go o'er.’

Macbeth 3.4

147 of 175

‘Macbeth shall never vanquished be until

Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill

Shall come against him.’

The Witches 4.1

148 of 175

‘Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.’

The Witches 4.1

149 of 175

‘When our actions do not,

Our fears do make us traitors.’

Lady Macduff 4.2

150 of 175

‘By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.’

The Witches 4.1

151 of 175

‘Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak

Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.’

Malcolm to Macduff as he consoles him for the loss of his family 4.3

152 of 175

‘How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!’

Macbeth 4.1

153 of 175

‘Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn

The power of man, for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth.’

The Witches 4.1

154 of 175

‘What, all my pretty chickens and their dam

At one fell swoop?’

Macduff after being told of his family’s fate 4.3

155 of 175

‘Macbeth shall never vanquished be until

Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill

Shall come against him.’

The Witches 4.1

156 of 175

‘Out, damned spot! out, I say!’

Lady Macbeth 5.1

157 of 175

‘When our actions do not,

Our fears do make us traitors.’

Lady Macduff 4.2

158 of 175

‘What's done cannot be undone.’

Lady Macbeth 5. 1

159 of 175

‘Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak

Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.’

Malcolm to Macduff as he consoles him for the loss of his family 4.3

160 of 175

‘Unnatural deeds

Do breed unnatural troubles’

The Doctor 5.1

161 of 175

‘What, all my pretty chickens and their dam

At one fell swoop?’

Macduff after being told of his family’s fate 4.3

162 of 175

‘Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.’

Malcolm 5.2

163 of 175

‘Out, damned spot! out, I say!’

Lady Macbeth 5.1

164 of 175

‘Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased

Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow’

Macbeth to the Doctor about his wife 5.3

165 of 175

‘What's done cannot be undone.’

Lady Macbeth 5. 1

166 of 175

 

She should have died hereafter’

Macbeth 5.5

167 of 175

‘Unnatural deeds

Do breed unnatural troubles’

The Doctor 5.1

168 of 175

‘Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more’

Macbeth 5.5

169 of 175

‘Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripped.’

Macduff 5.8

170 of 175

‘Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.’

Malcolm 5.2

171 of 175

‘Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased

Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow’

Macbeth to the Doctor about his wife 5.3

172 of 175

 

She should have died hereafter’

Macbeth 5.5

173 of 175

‘Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more’

Macbeth 5.5

174 of 175

‘Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripped.’

Macduff 5.8

175 of 175

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