Quotes - King Lear (themes)

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"Nothing, my Lord" - Cordelia 

"Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again" - Lear

"I am a Fool, thou art nothing" - Fool

"Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle?" - Fool.

"If it be nothing, I shal not need spectacles" - Gloucester

"Edger, I nothing am" - Edgar

"Grime my face with filth" - Edgar

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"I love you more than word can wield the matter" - Goneril

"Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty" - Goneril

"A love that makes breath poor and speech unable" - Goneril

"Made of the self mettle as my sister" - Regan 

"I find she names my very deed of love" - Regan 

"I profess myself an enemy to all other joys" - Regan 

"What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent" - Cordelia

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

"I have ever honour'd as my king, loved as my father" - Kent

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"Which of you shall say doth love us most" - Lear

"Here I disclaim all paternal care" - Lear 

"peace, Kent! Come not between the dargon and his wrath!" - Lear

"some villain hath done me wrong!" - Glouchester

"O villain, villain! His very opinion in the letter! Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested, brutish villain!" - Gloucester

"Dost thou call me fool?" - Lear

"Out, vile jelly!" - Cornwall

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

"Time shall unfold what plight cunning hides" - Cordelia 

"When power of flattery bows" - Kent 

"When Majesty falls to folly" - Kent 

"I am old and foolish" - Lear, realising his mistake

"The younger rises when the old doth fall" - Edmund.

"See better, Lear; and let me still remain The true blank of thine eye" - Kent

"O Goneril, You are not worth the dust which the rude wind Blows in your face!" - Albany

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

"Thou would'st make a good Fool" - Fool

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Madness/ Foolishness

"Meantime we shall express out darker purpose" - Lear

"Shake all cares and business from our age" - Lear

"Where's my knave, my fool?" - Lear

"I'll kneel down, and ask thee forgiveness" - Lear

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

"I am old and foolish" - Lear

"Oh! Dear son Edgar, the food of thy abused fathers rath" - Gloucester

"that let thy folly in,/ and thy dear judgement out!" - Lear

"My wits begin to turn... how dost, my boy? Art cold?" - Lear

"Let me wipe it first, it smells of mortality" - Lear

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Manipulation/ Violence/ Jealously/ Power

"Old fools are babes again" - Goneril.

"He always loved our sister most" - Goneril

"Legitamate Edgar, I must have your land" - Edmund 

"Fine word, 'Legitamate'" - Edmund 

"By day and night he wrongs me" - Goneril

"My sister whose mind and mine... are one" - Goneril 

"Now Gods, stand up for bastards" - Edmund

"The younger rises when the old doth fall" - Edmund

"To both these sisters I have sworn my love, each jealous as the other" - Edmund

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"Detested kite, thou liest" - Lear

"Come not between the drangon and his wrath" - Lear

"Sharp-toothed unkindness, like a vulture" - Lear

"How sharper than a serpant's tooth it is to have a thankless child" - Lear

"Most serpant like" - Albany or Lear

"Tigers not daughters" - Albany

"Each jealous of the other as the stung is of the adder" - Edmund

"Wolfish visage" - Lear

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"Thou, nature, art my Goddess" - Edmund

"These late eclipses in the sun and moon protend no good to us" - Gloucester (foreshadowing?)

"gainst parricides did all the thunder bend" - Gloucester (foreshadowing?)

'parricides' - killing of a parent - noun

"Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!" - Lear

"This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen" - Fool

"You are not worth the dust which the rude wind blows in your face" - Albany

"I am bound upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears do scald like molten lead" - Lear

"Howl, howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones" - Lear

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Divine Order

"I want that glib and oily art/ To speak and purpose not." - Cordelia

"Conferring them on younger strenghts" - Lear

"Thou, nature, art my Goddess" - Edmund

"The wheel has come full circle" - Edmund - the change in who has the power betweent the brothers.

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"The curiosity of nations to deprive me" - Edmund

"Time will unfold what plighted cunning hides" - Cordelia

"Stand up for bastards" - Edmund

"Here I stand your slave, a poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man" - Lear

"Trouble khim not; his wits are gone" - Kent

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"Fortune, good night; smile once more; turn thy wheel!" - Kent

"Thou clovest thy crown i'th'middle and gav'st away both parts" - Fool

"Here's a night pities neither wise men nor fools" - Fool

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

"O I have taken too little care of this" - Lear

"Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind" - Gloucester

"if Edgar live, O bless him" - Gloucester

"They told me I was everything; 'tis a lie, I am not ague-proof" - Lear

"I fear I am not in my perfect state of mind " - Lear

"Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say" - Edgar

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