Macbeth Quotes and meaning

Witches; “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” Not everything is as it seems
Witch; “Sleep shall neither night nor day hang upon his penthouse lid; he shall live a man forbid; weary sev’ nights nine times nine shall he dwindle, peak, and pine though his bark cannot be lost, yet it shall be tempest-tost” He won’t get any sleep knowing he will be king; he will be miserable until he becomes king
Macbeth; “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” He has never had a day that can be so good yet so bad
Banquo; “You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so” They seem and act like women, but do not look like women
Banquo; “Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair?” Banquo; “Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair?”
Witch; “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be one.” Banquo will birth kings but will not be one himself
Macbeth; “Why do you dress me in borrowed robes?” He questions why he is being called Thane of Cawdor when there already is a different Thane.
King Duncan; “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” There is no way to know a man by his face
King Duncan; “But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine on all deservers” If you deserve something it will come to you and it will show.
Macbeth; “Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.” Don’t let anyone see his fear and his want to kill Duncan.
Lady Macbeth; “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature it is too fill o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it. what hout wouldst highly, that wouldst thou holily – wouldst not play false, and yet wouldst wrongly win.” She is afraid Macbeth is to nice to go along with the plan and the killing.
Lady Macbeth; “Your face, my thane is as a book where men may read strange matters. To beguile the time, Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye, Your hand your tongue: look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” Look and act innocent, but have Evil inside you.
Macbeth; “Away, and mock the time with fairest show False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” They have to act and look innocent.
Macbeth; “To know my deed ’twere best not know myself. Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!” Macbeth knows what he did was wrong and wishes he can undo it; grief.
Macduff; “o gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak the repetition, in a woman’s ear would murder as it fell” It’s too horrible to speak of his murder and to describe it to a lady.
Macbeth; “Had I but died an hour before this chance I had lived a blessed time, or from this instant there’s nothing serious in mortality all is but toys.” He is feeling guilty and no longer pure; he wishes he could still be clean.
Donalbain; “There’s daggers in men’s smiles” These men aren’t as they seem and can’t be trusted.
Ross; “By the clock ’tis day, and yet dark night strangles the traveling lamp is’t night’s predominance or the day’s shame, that darkness does the face of earth entomb when living light should kiss it?” It’s is dark and gloomy and storming; the sun isn’t shining.
Macduff; “Lest our old robes sit easier than our new!” Hope nothing gets worse.
Lady Macbeth; “Naught’s had al spent, where our desire is got without content, ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.” It’s better to be killed the the killer, you aren’t always happy when you get what you want.
Lady Macbeth; “Things without remedy should be without regard what’s done is done” Don’t keep dawning on this it can’t be undone.
Macbeth; “Better be with dead whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace than on the torture of the mind lie in restless ecstasy.” He would rather be dead, he killed innocent people.
Macbeth; “And make our faces vizards to our hearts, disguising what they are.” Hide their true feelings
Macbeth; “Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.” Doing bad things makes it hard to stop doing them.
Macbeth; “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect while as the marble, founded as rock, as broad and general as the casing air but now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in to saucy doubts and fears.” He is scared and having doubts.
Macbeth; “I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er” He has killed so much what is the harm in doing it again.
Witches; Double, double toil trouble, Fire burn and caldron bubble.” To give hints that Macbeth is in trouble.
Witch; “By pricking of my thumbs, soemething wicked this way comes.” How they tell us macbeth is coming.
Lady Macduff; “But i remember now I am in this earthly world where to do harm is often laudable to do good sometime accounted dangerous folly. Why then, alas, Do I put up that womanly defense To say I have done no harm? – what are these faces?” Why should I die I did nothing, but we live ina world where that is was happens.
Malcom; “Where are bright still, though the brightest fell. Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, yet grace must still look so” He was a trusting guy, but now he is unsure.
Macduff; “Such welcome and unwelcome things at once ‘Tis hard to reconcile” Nice and mean things are being said it’s hard to be sure.
Malcom; “The night is long that never finds the day” If they don’t stop Macbeth then the killing will never end.
Lady Macbeth; “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 pow’r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?— The thane of Fife had a wife where is she now? what will these hands ne’er be clean? No more 0′ that my lord, no more o’ that! You mar all with this starting — here’s the smell of the blood still all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. oh, oh, oh!” Trying to get rid of her guilt and she’s going crazy over it; her conscience will never be clean.
Lady Macbeth; “To bed to bed, there’s knocking at the gate. come, come, come, come, give me your hand! what’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed!” What they did is permanent and there is no hiding from it; she is reliving the killing of Duncan.
Angus; ” Those he commands move only in command, nothing in love. now does he feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief” People only listen to Macbeth to follow orders; they don’t love him; he is a small king and undeserving of the crown.
Macbeth; “I have lived long enough my way of life is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf, and that which should accompany old age, as honor love, obedience, troops of friends, i must not look to have, but in their stead curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honor breath which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not.” His life is falling apart.
Macbeth; “She should have died hereafter, there would have been a 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! that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is head no more it is a tale told by an idiot full of sounds and fury signifying nothing.” All of their actions have doomed them to death; his wife shouldn’t have been in this position; she should have lived a long life; he is more worried about the fight.
Banquo; “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” Evil can trick you into doing bad things
Macbeth; “Come what may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day” No matter what it will happen
Malcom; “Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it” Nothing was as good to him as him leaving Earth

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