Macbeth Quotes

“There’s daggers in men’s smiles. said by: Donalbain. Saying he can’t trust Macbeth and the other councilors of his father now that he is dead.
“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none”. Said by: Macbeth to Lady Macbeth. This mean that Macbeth is holding back his desires to act as a man. Who thinks that he can do more does not do it. In this part Macbeth tell to his wife that he does not want to kill Duncan anymore. The two start an argument, where Lady Macbeth convinces his husband that he should complete the murder.
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair” said by: Witches. Said to Macbeth and Banquo before each new prophecy. Meaning everything can and will switch morally. Touching on the theme of the play.
“Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.” Said by: Lady Macbeth. In a soliloquy About Macbeth and him being to kind to follow through with what the witches prophesied. She is reading a letter that he wrote explaining his encounter with the witches.
“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.” Said by: Macbeth after murdering Duncan. Explains his guilt over his murder of Duncan. Neptune(god of the sea’s water can not wash the blood(guilt) off his hands and will only turn the once green sea incarnadine(pinkish red).
“Double, Double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.” said by: Witches to Macbeth.Witches start their prophecy with this when macbeth comes to ask them about his future.
“All the perfumes in Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” said by: Lady MacbethShe is saying that no matter what, her hands will always be dirty and smell like blood and guilt and can never be covered or replaced with something good.
” When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly’s done, when the battle’s lost or won.” said by: WitchesOpening scene of the play when the witches decide when to call on Macbeth and Banquo for the prophecy.
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.” said by: MacbethMeaning if fate wants me to be king, maybe fate will just crown me and I won’t have to do anything.
“Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it; he died as one that has been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as ’twere a careless trifle” said by: MalcolmSaid about the old thane of Cawdor – he died as though he had practised how to die like it meant nothing. Was his biggest accomplishment in life. Died well.
“Look at the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.” said by: Lady Macbeth to MacbethShe is speaking in relation to the king. Means they need to act the way he would think they would (be the flower) and only then can they actually deceive him successfully.
“I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself, and falls on the other.” said by: MacbethHe is saying that he can’t spur himself to action to kill the king, but he has ambition to motivate him, and ambition is what makes people rush ahead of themselves towards disaster.
“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?” said by: Macbeth to the dagger He was just talking with Banquo, after hearing the prophecy. Now everyone has left the room and macbeth is contemplating it and is holding a dagger, a weapon with the ability to fufill the prophecy.
“She should have died hereafter; there would have been time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” Said by: MacbethHe is talking about his wife’s death. And then he begins to just talk about life and the frailty and stupidity of it. He compares life to an actor who struts around the stage for an hour and then leaves once the play is over. He believes life is an illusion.
“Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness” said by: Lady Macbeth She is reading the letter that Macbeth sent her. She believes that her husband may not have what it takes to seize the throne. He is too kind and good to do what is necessary.
Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty! This is said by lady macbeth, and is said when she hears about macbeth returning, and is plotting to kill the king. She asks for the spirits to make her stronger, like a man, and make her queen because she wants it so much.
“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.” This is said by Lady Macbeth, and says this to macbeth when he is saying he cannot bring himself to kill the king. She says that she would keep her promise to even kill her own child, and how he has to keep his promise.
But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we’ll not fail. This is said by lady macbeth, and basically is saying, if he is completely sure of himself, then the plan will not fail. But, he has to be completely comfortable. “tighten up your courage until it is fixed in the place necessary for the murder of Duncan.”
Bring forth men-children only; For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males. This is said by macbeth, and While sounding like an insult, Macbeth wishing only male children on his wife is what she wanted when she called for the spirits to take her femininity, and it is received like a compliment. He sees bold masculinity as heroic and daring, while she uses it for cruelty and brutality. After this remark he immediately turns around and goes along with her plan, suggesting that the mention of children showed his ambition and need to continue the bloodline through sons
Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep,” the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care This is said by Macbeth, and occurs when he is hallucinating that someone is telling him to sleep. But in reality, it is being said by his conscience
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 This is said by macbeth, and this quote is said after macbeth has killed duncan. The blood symbolises the sin of murder, and water not being able to absolve this sin shows the magnitude of the sin, and the guilt that does with it.
Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou play’dst most foully for’t This quote opens Act III, and it is important to realize how vital this quote is. Banquo has silently witnessed what has transpired in Act II and how Duncan has been assassinated and Macbeth has seized power. He says that he knows what he has done, and so foully he hath done it.
the times have been, That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end, but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools: this is more strange than such a murder is. Macbeth says this quote, and these lines were important because of Macbeth’s shock to seeing a ghost. If you were to paraphrase these lines it’s like he was saying at one point in time when you kill someone they are really dead, but now even in death a person can still not leave you alone.
something wicked this way comes This is said by the second witch, and is said in act 4 when now macbeth is coming to look for the witches. They say he is wicked as he is wicked from their creation. Now, Macbeth comes looking for them, and the witches summon apparitions to tell Macbeth exactly what he wants to hear: that he’s invulnerable. This news is purposely ambiguous; it is calculated only to make Macbeth act more wickedly before he is finally finished off.
none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth This is said by the witches, and this is when macbeth comes to find them and ask for answers on who is out to get him. This is the part of their prophecy when they say that no one born from a woman can harm macbeth.
Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him. This quote is also said by the witches while they are telling macbeth that he is technically invulnerable. This is foreshadowing the battle that will end up killing macbeth.
All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam at one fell swoop? Macduff is the one that says this, and this is when he is told that macbeth has killed all of his family.
Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why, then, ’tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? Lady Macbeth says this, as this is during the scene where she is sleepwalking. This is fragments of an imaginary conversation that recalls the night she and her husband conspired to murder King Duncan. As Lady Macbeth replays this scene for the eavesdroppers, she not only incriminates herself, but also reveals the pangs of conscience she had ridiculed in her husband.
Macduff was from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d Macduff now reveals to Macbeth that he entered the world by being “untimely ripp’d” from his mother’s womb: He was not, therefore, in the strict sense, “born” of woman. With the short but powerful sentence “Despair thy charm,” Macbeth must know that this struggle for survival is over.
Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff, And damn’d be him that first cries, “Hold, enough!” Macbeth is the person that says this. He says that he will not give up this fight, and he will not give up.

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