Shakespeare Quotes

Quotes for the exam...



  • 'We will keep ourself/ Till supper time alone' - This is when Macbeth starts to become more evil then Lady macbeth
  • 'When the battle's lost and won.' - The witches are predicting the future
  • 'Oh full of scorpions are my mind dear wife.' - Macbeth before he becomes evil
  • 'Come, you spirits/That tend on moral thoughts, unsex me here.'
  • 'A little water clears us of this deed' - These are both quotes by Lady Macbeth, trying to get rid of her fears and guilt
  • 'All the perfumes/Of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.' - This is when LM has become mad and feels guilty
  • 'As calling home our exiled friends abroad/That fled the snares of watchful tyranny.' - Malcom has taken over Scotland and he is calling all those who fled Mabeth's rule.
  • 'Stands not within prospect of relief.' - Macbeth doesn't beleive the witches.
  • 'Look lie the innocent flower,/but be the serpant under't' - Lady Macbeth convincing her husband to be evil
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MACBETH cont...

  • If you can look into the seeds of time,/And say which grain will grow, and which will not,/Speak. - Banquo is slightly hesitant about the witches predictions
  • Macbeth: If we should fail —
    Lady Macbeth: We fail! - These 2 lines are controversial because LM's line ould be said in 2 different ways.
  • I am in blood/Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o'er. - Macbeth is 'digging' himself deeper and deeper
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  • I was adored once too - Sir Andrew Aguecheek's forlorn reply to when Sir Toby says Maria adores him
  • Some where born great, some achieve greatness, others have greatness thrust upon 'em - —Malvolio reads from the letter that Maria wrote. He thinks it's from the Lady Olivia and thinks that the greatness of being the Lady's husband is about to be given to him. - repeated 3 times in the play.
  • Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better - The Lady Olivia, having declared her love for Cesario, says that he ought to love her back, because her love is a gift.
    • If music be the food of love, play on' - Orsino is in love, but more so in love with the idea of love. 
    • 'And all is semblative a women's part.' - Orsino telling  Cesario that he is quite like a woman.
    • Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.' - The clown's witty remark to Maria's threat.
    • One would think his mother's milk was scarce out of him - He seems very young - no broken vioce
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  • These violent delights have violent ends/And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,/Which, as they kiss, consume - Friar Lawrence warns Romeo that violent love is much more dangerous then moderate love
  • What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By an other word would smell as sweet' - They would be able to express their love freely if he were called anything else.
  • A damned saint, an honorable villain! - Romeo has killed Tybalt and Juliet uses lots of opposites to describe her husband.
  • A plague o' both your houses! -Mercutio has got him self killed by Tybalt for standing up for Romeo, and before he dies curses both families
  • A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;' - Like in Macbeth, fate is intended
  • O! I am fortunes fool!' - Romeo is subtly referring back to the prologue  (SEE ABOVE QUOTE)
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  • All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players: -
    As you like it
  • An overflow of good converts to bad - Richard III  
  • Better a witty fool then a foolish wit - Twelfth NIght
  • Give thy thoughts no tongue - Hamlet
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