English Macbeth Quotes

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” Spoken by the witches before meeting Macbeth and introduces a motif that will continue through the play
“You should be women,/ and yet your beards forbid me to interpret” Banquo says this to the witches
“Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear/ Things that do sound so fair?” Banquo says this to Macbeth after the witches greet him by three titles
“And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,/ The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/ in deepest consequence” Banquo says this to Macbeth as warning about the witches after hearing that Macbeth has been named Thane of Cawdor
“Glamis thou are, and Cawdor, and shalt be/ what thou art promised. Yet do i fear thy nature./ It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness/ to catch the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth says this about Macbeth
“Look like the innocent flower/ But be the serpent under’t” Lady Macbeth says this to Macbeth
“Look like the innocent flower/ But be the serpent under’t” This builds on the “Fair is foul” motif
“We still have judgement here, that we but teach/ bloody instructions, which, being taught, return/ plague th’ inventor. This even-handed justice/ Commends th’ ingredience of our positioned chalice/ to our own lips.” Macbeth says this in a soliloquy
“Thou marshal’st me the way that I was going, / and such an instrument I was to use” Macbeth says this to a dagger he sees.
“Thou marshal’st me the way that I was going, / and such an instrument I was to use” This builds on the hallucination motif.

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