King Lear - Translate the Quote

I can my feel my hysteria squeezing up against my heart; calm down, you belong below!
"O, how this mother swells up toward my heart! Hysterica passio, down, thou climbing sorrow" - Lear.
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This storm in my head has robbed my senses of feeling... don't think about that.
"This tempest in my mind doth from my senses take all feeling... o, that way madness lies." - Lear.
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Here I am, your servant; a poor, pathetic, hated old man.
"Here I stand your slave, a poor, infirm, weak and despised old man." - Lear.
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The strongest pain in those who are hurting, is the pain of madness.
"Who alone suffers, suffers most i'the mind." - Edgar.
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He is growing mad because of his age, but he's never really been 'all there'.
"Tis the infirmity of his age, yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself." - Regan.
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Fine, your truth will be your only wedding gift; I call upon the powers of the sun and stars, to remove you as my daughter.
"Thy truth then be thy dower, for by the sacred radiance of the sun, the mysteries of Hecate and the night... I disclaim all my paternal care." - Lear.
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Does anybody know me, who am I?
"Does any here know me? (...) who is it that can tell me who I am?" - Lear.
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You're clearly not very clever if you decided to get rid of your crown.
"Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown when thou gavs't thy golden one away." - The Fool.
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Both sisters are jealous of each other, like poisonous snakes. But which one should I marry, if at all?
"Each jealous of the other as the stung are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Both? One? Or neither?" - Edmund.
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Whatcha going to do, old man? Stop being so blind!
"What wouldst thou do, old man? (...) See better, Lear." - Kent.
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You've always been a fool and now that's all you are; you've given away all your other identities.
"All thy other titles thou hast given away; that, thou wast born with." - The Fool.
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Due to the pain your eyes feel, all your other senses are growing just as bad!
"Your other senses grow imperfect by your eyes' anguish" - Edgar.
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I've been such a bad king, I haven't done my duty to my people. If I live like the poor, maybe I can show them that the monarchy can be more kind.
"O, I have ta'en too little care of this... expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, that thou mayst... show the heavens more just." - Lear.
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A woman twisted by hate is more horrible than the devil!
"Proper deformity shows not in the fiend so horrid as in woman." - Albany.
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If you only give a human what they absolutely need to survive, their life is as worthless as an animal's.
"Allow not nature more than nature needs, man's life is cheap as beast's." - Lear.
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They will whip me for telling the truth, you will have me whipped for lying... I hate being a fool.
"They'll have me whipped for speaking true, thou'lt have me whipped for lying... I had rather be any kind o'thing than a fool." - The Fool.
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Why does everyone call bastards 'base'? Why are we always labelled as bastards? (...) Come on gods, take our side!
"Why brand they us with base? With baseness, bastardy? Base, base? (...) Now gods, stand up for bastards!" - Edmund.
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We must remember the importance of this sad time. We must speak what we feel, and not what we should say. The old suffered the most; we the young shall never see as much, or live as long.
"The weight of this sad time we must obey, speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most; we that are young shall never see so much, nor live so long." - Edgar.
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Your approval is bathed in the fiery light of Phoebus (...) That person that confused you speaking plainly, was a plain crook.
"Like the wreath of radiant fire on flickering Phoebus' front... he that beguiled you in a plain accent was a plain knave" - Kent.
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I am made of the same firm metal as my sister, so you should treat us as equals.
"I am made of that self mettle as my sister, and prize me at her worth." - Regan.
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It's embarrassing that you, a woman, has the power to make me feel this angry!
"I am ashamed that thou hast the power to shake my manhood thus." - Lear.
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Oh, the difference between you - a proper man - and my husband! You deserve a woman's love; a fool has stolen my bed.
"O, the difference of man and man! To thee a woman's services are due; a fool usurps my bed." - Goneril.
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Once my prophecy has come true, the country will fall to chaos.
"...then shall the realm of Albion come to great confusion." - The Fool.
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I will disguise myself as the lowest, poorest beggar ever... I'll face all the storms sent by the gods stark naked... I am no-one.
"To take the basest and most poorest shape... with presented nakedness outface the winds and persecutions of the sky... Edgar I nothing am." - Edgar.
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I stood against his evil ambitions, even though I didn't want to.
"How loathly opposite I stood to his unnatural purpose." - Edmund.
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Send a hundred soldiers to find him; search everywhere, and bring him to me.
"A century send forth; search every acre... and bring him to our eye." - Cordelia.
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Even though I've given you my crown and lands, I still want to be king, and keep all the kingly benefits.
"Only we shall retain the name, and all th'addition to a king." - Lear.
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Send him to my sister, then; we work together, and we won't be beaten.
"Let him to my sister, whose mind and mine I know in that are one, not to be overruled." - Goneril.
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You coward! The only thing you're good for is being slapped.
"Milk-livered man, that bear'st a cheek for blows." - Goneril.
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If I let myself do what I want to, I would be strong enough to rip the flesh from your body.
"To let these hands obey my blood... apt enough to dislocate and tear thy flesh and bones." - Albany.
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I have to defend my kingdom with actions, not words... swords are not known for being gentle.
"For my state stands on me to defend, not to debate... to be tender-minded does not become a sword." - Edmund.
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My main aim is to give over ruling the kingdom to the young, who are stronger, while I can age and rest in peace.
"Tis our fast intent to shake all cares and business from our age, conferring them on younger strengths, while we unburdened crawl toward death." - Lear.
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Which of you shall I judge to love me the most? Whoever I believe does, shall get the biggest reward.
"Which of you shall we say doth love us most, that we are largest bounty may extend" - Lear.
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Please, be patient. Forget what I've done and forgive me, I'm just an old, witless man.
"You must bear with me. Pray you now, forget and forgive, I am old and foolish." - Lear.
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Says a lot about the world we live in, when the mad guide the blind.
"Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind." - Gloucester.
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I will water nature and her gifts with my tears, if that will make him better... find help for him, otherwise his madness will destroy him.
"All blest secrets, all you unpublished virtues of the earth, spring with my tears... seek, seek for him, lest his ungoverned rage dissolve (his life)" - Cordelia.
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I was supposed to marry both. Now, we'll all marry in death.
"I was contracted to them both; all three now marry in an instant." - Edmund.
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I'm going to try to do good, despite being evil and a *******.
"Some good I mean to do, despie of mine own nature." - Edmund.
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His heart was too weak to deal with both the pain and happiness... it broke at last.
"His flawed heart, too weak the conflict to support... burst smilingly." - Edgar.
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I'm quite sure my love means more than what I can express in words.
"I am sure my love's more ponderous than my tongue." - Cordelia.
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Nature, listen to me... make her sterile, dry up her womb... (her child will be) horrific, terrible."
"Hear, Nature, hear... into her womb convey sterility, dry up in her the organs of increase... (let her child be a) thwart, disnatured torment." - Lear.
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(howling) Look at her, she's gone forever.
"Howl, howl, howl, howl... she's dead as earth." - Lear.
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Other people have sinned against me more than I have sinned against them.
"I am a man more sinned against than sinning." - Lear.
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Time shall reveal how evil you truly are inside.
"Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides" - Cordelia.
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They aren't as truthful as they said they are, they told me I was the most important... the sins of the poor are more noticeable than the rich, who hide theirs.
"They are not men o'their words: they told me I was everything (...) through tattered clothes great vices do appear, robes and furred gowns hide all." - Lear.
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Nothing could have made nature so angry than his horrid daughters.
"Nothing could have subdued nature to such lowness but his unkind daughters." - Lear.
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You are a disease in me, an ugly plague, in my already tainted blood.
"A disease that's in my flesh... a boil, a plague sore... in my corrupted blood." - Lear.
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You brought me up and loved me. I'm returning those feelings just as I should: I obey you, love you and respect you.
"You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit, obey you, love you and most honour you." - Cordelia.
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It's you I do this for... I'm not doing this for a crown or glory, but for love, and your god-given right as king.
"It is thy business that I go about (...) No blown ambition doth our arms incite, but love, dear love, and our aged father's right" - Cordelia.
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I'll do all I can to reward you with my lands, loyal ******* son of mine.
"Of my land, loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means to make thee capable." - Gloucester.
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Having ungrateful children is worse than a snakebite.
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." - Lear.
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The woman that would try to break away from her family is like a branch that tries to break away from the tree; she will die.
"She that herself will sliver and disbranch from her material sap perforce must wither." - Albany.
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If I can't have lands by birth, I'll get them by being clever. Any method that works is fine by me.
"Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit; all with me's meet that I can fashion fit." - Edmund.
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Even though you have a flashy sword and you've won the battle, you're still a traitor to your gods and your family.
"Despite thy victor sword and fire-new fortune... thou art a traitor, false to thy gods, thy brother and thy father." - Edgar.
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I will have to leave you soon; my master calls to me in death, and I can't refuse.
"I have a journey, sir, shortly to go; my master calls me, I must not say no." - Kent.
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Winds, rage faster! Fire and thunder, flatten the world, crack nature's confines.
"Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow! (...) You sulphurous and thought-executing fires... oak-cleaving thunderbolts... strike flat the thick rotundity o'the world, crack nature's moulds" - Lear.
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Nature, you're the only force I obey.
"Thou, Nature, art my goddess" - Edmund.
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Like insects for petulant children to destroy, we mean nothing to the gods; they kill us for fun.
"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport." - Gloucester.
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The movements of the sun and moon mean bad things... the bond between father and son will be destroyed.
"These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good... the bond cracked 'twixt son and father." - Gloucester.
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Well, sex with the whore mother was good, so I should probably say he exists.
"There was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged." - Gloucester.
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If the gods don't punish these crimes immediately, the punishment will come.
"If that the heavens do not their visible spirits send quickly down to tame these vile offences, it will come." - Albany.
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Here I am, back to where I began.
"The wheel is come full circle. I am here." - Edmund.
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We like to blame the heavens for all our mistakes, as if they were responsible for our flaws.
"We make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon and the stars, as if we were... fools by heavenly compulsion." - Edmund.
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You're like an angel, but I'm tied down, tortured in hell; even my own tears burn me.
"Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound upon a wheel of fire that mine own tears do scald like molten lead." - Lear.
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"This tempest in my mind doth from my senses take all feeling... o, that way madness lies." - Lear.


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