Julius Caesar Quotes

“Beware the Ides of March” Act 1 Scene 2Soothsayer to CaesarMeaning: Be careful of March 15Importance: Foretells future/assassination, Caesar ignores warning and thinks of himself as godlike.
“Men at some times are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Act 1 Scene 2Cassius to BrutusMeaning: You control what happens to you, fate doesn’t rule your life, the problem is that we are subject to others.Importance: Cassius trying to convince Brutus to take control of his fate and join conspiracy.
“Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.” Act 1 Scene 2Caesar to Marc AntonyMeaning: Let me be surrounded by people who are satisfied/not a threat, Cassius looks like a threatImportance: Shows Caesar is aware of the threats to him, but takes no action
“His countenance, like richest alchemy, will change to virtue and to worthiness” Act 1 Scene 3Casca to CassiusMeaning: Brutus will make the conspiracy legit and worthy.Importance: Casca realizes their plot is bad and they need Brutus to add credibility.
“When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” Act 2 Scene 2Calphurnia to CaesarMeaning: When regular people die there are no signs, but when important people die the heavens send a sign.Importance: Calphurnia is trying to warn Caesar of his death and he ignores it again.
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” Act 2 Scene 2Caesar to CalphurniaMeaning: Cowards die many death, but brave people only die once.Importance: Caesar will ignore all warnings and go to Capitol to face his death.
“But I am constant as the Northern Star, of whose true fixed and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament.” Act 3 Scene 1Caesar to ConspiratorsMeaning: Caesar says he’s as unchanging as the Northern Star and nothing is as constant as he. Importance: He’s not going to free Publius Cimber, so the conspirators are going to kill him.
“Et tu Brute?-Then fall Caesar.” Act 3 Scene 1Caesar to BrutusMeaning: And you too Brutus? Then Caesar will die.Importance: Caesar recognizes his best friend is part of the conspiracy and gives up the fight and dies.
“Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” Act 3 Scene 1Antony to Caesar’s Dead BodyMeaning: Cry havoc, let loose the fighting and war.Importance: He’s promising revenge for Caesar’s death.
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” Act 3 Scene 1Antony to Roman PeopleMeaning: Everybody listen, I’m going to put Caesar to rest.Importance: He appeals to the people to win them over and start a rebellion against the conspirators.
“There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in misery.” Act 4 Scene 3Brutus to CassiusMeaning: Take opportunities when they come because if you dont, you’ll live in misery.Importance: Brutus is saying that he’s going to move his troops to Phillipi against Cassius’ wishes, which is a mistake.
“O Julius Caesar, thou art might yet; thy spirit walks abroad and turns our swords in our own proper entrails” Act 5 Scene 3 Brutus to SoldiersMeaning: Even though you are dead Caesar, you still have the power to make men kill themselvesImportance: He’s noting Cassius’ death and predicting his own.
“This was the noblest Roman of them all.” Act 5 Scene 5Antony to his ArmyMeaning: Brutus was the noblest of all menImportance: Antony forgave Brutus and realizes that his motives were in the right place; Brutus is able to die with honor.

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