Macbeth Quotations

(1.1.1) “When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning or rain?” 1st witch, sets the mood of the play
(1.3.1) “So fair and foul a day I have no seen.” Macbeth; Deceptiveness of appearance
(1.3.106) “What, can the devil speak true?” Banquo, Devil represents the witches
(1.3.107) “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” Macbeth, why are you calling me be a different title
(1.4.11) “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face,: Duncan, You can’t tell someone’s personality just by looking a them
(1.5.10) “My dearest partner of greatness-“ Lady Macbeth; referring to Macbeth after she finds out he is going to be king.
(1.5.15) “-[Y]et do I fear thy nature; It is too full of the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth; She is worried that Macbeth isn’t aggressive enough to acquire the crown.
(1.5.19) …”What thou wouldst highly That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win….” Lady Macbeth
(1.5.61) “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men May read strange matters…” Lady Macbeth; Macbeth’s face is easy to read, they would be able to tell if he did something wrong he needs to have a normal expression on his face.
(1.5.64) …”[L]ook like th’ innocent flower But be the serpent under’t….” Lady Macbeth, You should be innocent but your not.
(1.7.1) “If it were done with ’tis done, then ’twere will It were done quickly….” Macbeth
(1.7.18) “…[H]is virtues Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongu’d against The deep damnation of his taking-off.” Macbeth; killing Duncan will be more trouble, because of his great virtues
(1.7.25) “…I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition….” Macbeth; image of someone riding a horse ready to jump over something
(1.7.46) “I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is done.” Macbeth; his response to Lady Macbeth when she questions his man hood
(1.7.60) “But screw you courage to the sticking place, And we’ll not fail….” Lady Macbeth; if you get your courage hope, we can’t fail
(1.7.82) “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” Macbeth, deceptiveness of appearance
(2.1.20) “I dream’d last night of the three weird sisters; To you they have showed some truth.” Banquo; the prophecies are coming true
(2.1.33) “Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?” Macbeth; encouraging him to kill
(2.1.62) “I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell.” Macbeth, compares a funeral bell to a dinner bell
(2.2.1) “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold….” Lady Macbeth; what made the servants drunk gave her the confidence to commit the crime.
(2.2.10) …”[T]h’ attempt and not the dee Confounds us. Hark! I laid their daggers ready.” Lady Macbeth; she thinks they have awoken and they will be caught
(2.2.12) …”Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t.” Lady Macbeth; She couldn’t kill Duncan because he reminded her too much of her father.
(2.2.38) “Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more: Macbeth does murder sleep,’ the innocent sleep. Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care….” Macbeth
(2.2.63) “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?’ Macbeth; he can’t get the blood off his hands
(2.2.70) “A little water clears us of this deed.” Lady Macbeth; a little water washes the blood from their hands so that it looks like they didn’t do it
(2.3.121) …”Our tears are not yet brew’d.” Donaldbain; they don’t have time to mourn but they will
(3.1.2) …”I fear Thou played’st most foully for’t….” Banquo; Banquo is aware that Macbeth cheated for his title
(3.1.66) “For them, the gracious Duncan have I murder’d… …and mine eternal jewel Given to the common enemy of man….” Macbeth; by murdering Duncan, Macbeth will go to hell, but since Duncan’s son live he thinks he has done it for nothing, because he won’t become king with them alive.
(3.2.5) “Nought’s had, all’s spent Where our desire is got without content.” Lady Macbeth; Feeling sorry for herself, she is not content
(3.2.11) …”Things without all remedy Should be without regard; what’s done, is done.” Lady Macbeth; Get Over It
(3.2.13) “we have scorch’d the snake, not kill’d it….” Macbeth; Haven’t killed enough people to be safe they have to kill more
(3.2.23) “…Duncan is in his grave. After life’s fitful fever, he sleeps well.” Macbeth; Nothing can touch him he his dead
(3.4.50) “Thou canst not say I did it; never shake Thy gory locks at me!” Macbeth; starting to give himself up
(3.4.119) “Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once.” Lady Macbeth; Don’t leave the table by rank, leave at once.
(3.4.136) …”I am in blood Stepp’d in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” Macbeth; if he stopped now it would be so hard to go back to being good.
(3.5.32) “And you all know, security Is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” Hecate, overconfidence can tear one apart.
(4.1.115) …”Start, eyes! What, will the line stretch out th’ crack of doom?’ Macbeth, flattering for King James his descendent will be monarchy forever.
(4.2.9) “…for the poor wren, The most diminutive of birds, will fight, Her young ones in her nest, against the owl.” Lady Macduff; Even little birds will protect their offspring
(4.2.72) …”But I remember now I am in this earthly world where to do harm Is often laudable, to do good sometime Accounted dangerous folly.” Lady Macduff; Things are backwards
(4.3.211) “Give sorrow words; the grief that does no speak, Whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.” Malcolm, It you don’t vent your grief you heart will break
(4.3.243) “The night is long that never finds the day.” Malcolm, they are going to search out and kill Macbeth
(5.1.31) “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth; she can’t get the blood out, the murders in her mind
(5.1.45) “…all the perfumes of Arabia will no sweeten his little hand.” Lady Macbeth; she can’t get the odor of blood off of her
(5.1.66) “More needs she the divine than the physician” Doctor; she needs a priest more than a doctor
(5.2.20) “…Now does he feel his title Hand loose about him, like a giant’s rob Upon a dwarfish thief.” Angus; his title doesn’t fit him
(5.3.22) “I have liv’d long enough. My way of life Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf.” Macbeth; withered and dried up, Autumn of his
(5.5.9) “I have almost forgot the taste of fears.” Macbeth, he had committed such horrors that when he nears screams he doesn’t flinch.
(5.5.18) “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day….” Macbeth; mourning speech after he receives new that his wife has died.
(5.7.1) “They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, But bear-like I must fight the course.” Macbeth, compares himself to a bear, “bear-baiting”
(5.8.17 ) “Accursed be that tongue that tells me so, Fir it hath cow’d my better part of man.” Macbeth, (After Macduff tells Macbeth that his mother had him by C-section) this has made Macbeth loose his courage.
(5.8.35 ) …”Lay on Macduff, And damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!” Macbeth; keeps some dignity as he dies

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