Macbeth Quotes

Topics: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Malcolm III of Scotland Pages: 8 (2905 words) Published: January 23, 2013

Act 1:
First Witch: “When shall we three meet again / In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” All three witches: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”
Sergeant: “but all’s too weak; / For brave Macbeth, – well he deserves that name, / Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, / Which smok’d with bloody execution, / Like / valour’s minion carv’d out his passage / Till he fac’d the slave.” Ross: “Bellona’s bridegroom”

Duncan: “No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive / Our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death, / And with his former title greet Macbeth.” Macbeth: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen”

Banquo: “And oftentimes, to win us to our harm / The instruments of darkness tell us truths” Macbeth: “This supernatural soliciting / Cannot be ill, cannot be good. . . and nothing is / But what is not” Macbeth: “At more time / The interim having weigh’d it, let us speak / Our free hearts each to other” Duncan: “There’s no art / To find the mind’s construction in the face.” Duncan: “We will establish our estate upon / Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter / The Prince of Cumberland.” Macbeth: “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step / On which I must fall down, or else o’er-leap, / For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires! / Let not light see my black and deep desires” Lady Macbeth: “Yet I do fear thy nature; / It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way” Lady Macbeth: “Unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top full / Of direst cruelty” Lady Macbeth: “Look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under’t.’ Duncan: “Fair and noble hostess, / We are your guest tonight.’

Macbeth: “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well / It were done quickly; if the assassination / Could tramme up the consequence, and catch / With his surcease success; that but this blow / Might be the be-all and the end-all here . . . I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o’er-leaps itself / And falls on the other” Macbeth: “We will proceed no further in this business: / He hath honour’d me of late; and I have bought / Golden opinions from all sorts of people, / Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, / Not cast aside so soon” Lady Macbeth: “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? . . . Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’, / Like the poor cat i’ the adage?” Macbeth: “I dare do all that may become a man; / Who dares do more is none.” Lady Macbeth: “I have given suck, and know / How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me: / I would, while it was smiling in my face, / Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, / And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you / Have done to this” Lady Macbeth: “But screw your courage to the sticking-place, / And we’ll not fail” Macbeth: “Bring forth men-children only; / For thy undaunted mettle should compose / Nothing but males” Macbeth: “I am settled, and bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. / Away, and mock the time with fairest show: / False face must hide what the false heart doth know”

Act 2:
Banquo: “A heavy summons lies like lead upon me, / And yet I would not sleep.” Banquo: “I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters: / To you they have show’d some truth” Macbeth: “I think not of them”

Macbeth: “Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee: / I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. / Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible / To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation, / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?” Lady Macbeth: “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold, / What hath quench’d them hath given me fire” Lady Macbeth: “Had he not resembled /...
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