Macbeth quotes

  1. What are

    So withered
    and so wild in their attire,

    That look
    not like th’inhabitants o’th’earth

    And yet are
    on’t? Live you? Or are you aught

    That man
    may question? (1.3.39-43)
  2. You seem to understand me; / By each at once her choppy finger laying / Upon her skinny lips.'You should be women, / And yet your
    beards forbid me to interpret / That you are so.” (1.3.45-47)
  3. “They met
    me in the day of success; and I have learned by the perfect’st report they

    have more
    in them than mortal knowledge. When I burnt in desire to question them
    Macbeth 1
  4. further,
    they made themselves air, into which they vanished….

    have I thought good to deliver to thee,
    my dearest partner of greatness,
    Macbeth 2
  5. that thou
    mightst not lose the dues of rejoicing by being ignorant of what greatness

    is promised thee. Lay it to thy heart, and
    Macbeth 3
  6. Glamis thou
    art, and Cawdor and shalt be

    What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy
    Macbeth 4
  7. It is too
    full o’th’milk of human kindness

    To catch
    the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
    Macbeth 5
  8. Art not
    without ambition, but without

    The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst
    Macbeth 6
  9. That
    wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false,

    And yet
    wouldst wrongly win. Thou’dst have, great Glamis,
    Macbeth 7
  10. That which cries
    “Thus thou must do,” if thou have it,

    And that which rather thou dost fear to do
    Macbeth 8
  11. Than
    wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither,

    That I may
    pour my spirits in thine ear
    Macbeth 9
  12. And
    chastise with the valor of my tongue

    All that impedes thee from the golden round
    Macbeth 10
  13. Which fate
    and metaphysical aid doth seem

    To have
    thee crowned withal.
    Macbeth 11
  14. The raven
    himself is hoarse

    That croaks
    the fatal entrance of Duncan
    Lady Macbeth 1
  15. Under my
    battlements. Come, you spirits

    That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here
    Lady Macbeth 2
  16. And fill me
    from the crown to the toe top-full

    Of direst
    cruelty! Make thick my blood;
    Lady Macbeth 3
  17. Stop up
    th’access and passage to remorse,

    That no compunctious visitings of nature
    Lady Macbeth 4
  18. Shake my
    fell purpose, nor keep peace between

    and it! Come to my woman’s breast
    Lady Macbeth 5
  19. And take my
    milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,

    Wherever in your sightless substances
    Lady Macbeth 6
  20. You wait on
    nature’s mischief! Come thick night,

    And pall
    thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
    Lady Macbeth 7
  21. That my
    keen knife see not the wound it makes,

    Nor heaven
    peep through the blanket of the dark

    To cry
    “Hold, hold!”
    Lady Macbeth 8
  22. This
    supernatural soliciting

    Cannot be
    ill, cannot be good. If ill,
    Macbeth A
  23. Why hath it
    given me earnest of success

    in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor.
    Macbeth B
  24. If good, why
    do I yield to that suggestion

    horrid image doth unfix my hair

    And make my
    seated heart knock at my ribs,
    Macbeth C
  25. Against the
    use of nature? Present fears

    Are less
    than horrible imaginings.
    Macbeth D
  26. My
    thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,

    Shakes so
    my single state of man
    Macbeth E
  27. If it were
    done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well

    It were
    done quickly. If th’assassination
    Macbeth 2.1
  28. Could
    trammel up the consequences, and catch

    With his
    surcease success—that but this blow
    Macbeth 2.2
  29. Might be
    the be-all and the end-all!—here,

    But here,
    upon this bank and shoal of time,
    Macbeth 2.3
  30. We’d jump
    the life to come. But in these cases

    We still
    have judgement here, that we but teach
    Macbeth 2.4
  31. Bloody
    instructions, which, being taught, return

    To plague th’inventor. This evenhanded justice
    Macbeth 2.5
  32. Commends
    th’ingredience of our poisoned chalice

    To our own
    lips. He’s here in double trust:
    Macbeth 2.6
  33. First as I
    am his kinsman and his subject,

    Strong both
    against the deed; then, as his host,
    Macbeth 2.7
  34. Who should
    against his murderer shut the door,

    Not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan
    Macbeth 2.8
  35. Hath borne
    his faculties so meek, hath been

    So clear in
    his great office, that his virtues
    Macbeth 2.9
  36. Will plead
    like angels, trumpet-tongued, against

    The deep damnation
    of his taking-off;

    And Pity,
    like a naked newborn babe
    Macbeth 3.0
  37. Striding
    the blast, or heaven’s cherubin, horsed

    Upon the
    sightless couriers of the air,
    Macbeth 3.1
  38. Shall blow
    the horrid deed in every eye,

    That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
    Macbeth 3.2
  39. To prick
    the sides of my intent, but only

    ambition, which o’erleaps itself

    And falls
    on th’other---
    Macbeth 3.3
  40. “Dispute it
    like a man” (221)
  41. “I shall do

    But I must
    also feel it as a man” (222-23)
  42. “Art thou afeard

    To be the
    same in thine own act and valor

    As thou art
    in desire?” (1.7.40-42)
    • Lady
    • Macbeth
  43. “What beast
    was’t, then,

    That made
    you break this enterprise to me?” (1.7.48-49)
    • Lady
    • Macbeth
  44. “And to be
    more than what you were, you would

    Be so much
    more the man”
    • Lady
    • Macbeth
  45. “I dare do
    all that may become a man;

    Who dares
    do more is none” (1.7.46-47)
  46. Your son,
    my lord, has paid a soldier’s debt.

    He only
    lived but till he was a man,

    The which
    no sooner had his prowess confirmed

    In the
    unshrinking station where he fought,

    But like a
    man he died. (5.8.39-43)
    Ross (to Siward).
  47. Had he his
    hurts before? (5.3.46)
  48. He’s worth
    more sorrow,

    And that
    I’ll spend for him
  49. He’s worth
    no more.

    They say he
    parted well and paid his score,

    And so, God
    be with him! (5.3.
  50. Bring me no
    more reports; let them fly all. 

    Till Birnam
    wood remove to Dunsinane,
    Macbeth 4.1
  51. I cannot
    taint with fear. What's the boy Malcolm? 

    Was he not
    born of woman? The spirits that know
    Macbeth 4.2
  52. All mortal
    consequences have pronounced me thus: 

    not, Macbeth; no man that's born of woman
    Macbeth 4.3
  53. Shall e'er
    have power upon thee." Then fly, false thanes,

    And mingle
    with the English epicures!
    Macbeth 4.4
  54. The mind I
    sway by and the heart I bear 

    Shall never
    sag with doubt nor shake with fear. (5.3.1-10)
    Macbeth 4.5
  55. Not so
    sick, my lord,

    As she is
    troubled with thick coming fancies,

    That keep
    her from her rest.
  56. Cure her of that.

    Canst thou
    not minister to a mind diseased,

    Pluck from
    the memory a rooted sorrow,

    Raze out
    the written troubles of the brain

    And with
    some sweet oblivious antidote

    Cleanse the
    stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff

    weighs upon the heart?
  57. “Out,
    damned spot! Out, I say!” (5.1.34)

    “The Thane
    of Fife had a wife. Where is she now?--What, will these hands ne’er be clean?
    Lady Macbeth
  58. “Here’s the
    smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little
    hand. Oh, oh, oh!” (5.1.49-51)
    Lady Macbeth
  59. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood

    Clean from
    my hand? No, this my hand will rather

    The multitudinous
    seas incarnadine,

    Making the
    green one red.” (2.2.64-67)
  60. “My hands are of your color, but I

    To wear a
    heart so white.” (2.2.68-69)
    • Lady
    • Macbeth.
  61. “A little
    water clears us of this deed.

    How easy is
    it, then! (2.2.71-72)
    • Lady
    • Macbeth.
  62. It is the
    cry of women, my good lord
  63. I have
    almost forgot the taste of fears;

    The time
    has been, my senses would have cool'd

    To hear a
    night-shriek; and my fell of hair
  64. Would at a
    dismal treatise rouse and stir

    As life
    were in't: I have supp'd full with horrors;

    familiar to my slaughterous thoughts

    Cannot once
    start me.
  65. She should
    have died hereafter;

    There would
    have been a time for such a word.
    • Macbeth.
    • 5.1
  66. To-morrow,
    and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

    Creeps in
    this petty pace from day to day
    • Macbeth.
    • 5.2
  67. To the last
    syllable of recorded time,

    And all our
    yesterdays have lighted fools
    • Macbeth.
    • 5.3
  68. The way to
    dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

    Life's but a
    walking shadow, a poor player
    • Macbeth.
    • 5.4
  69. That struts
    and frets his hour upon the stage

    And then is
    heard no more: it is a tale
    • Macbeth.
    • 5.5
  70. Told by an
    idiot, full of sound and fury,

    • Macbeth.
    • 5.6
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