Merchant of Venice Quotes

“‘Tis not unknown to you Antonio,/How much I have disabled mine estate/By something showing a more swelling port/Than my faint means would grant continuance” (1.1.122-125) Bassanio
“My purse, my person, my extremest means/Lie all unlocked in your occasion” (1.1.138-139) Antonio
” I may neither choose who I would,nor refuse who I dislike, so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father” (1.2.23-24) Portia
“You call me misbeliever, cutthroat dog,/And spat upon my Jewish gaberdine…./What should I say to you? Should I not say/”Hath a dog money? Is it possible/A cur can lend three thousand ducats?” (1.3.106-107, 115-117) Shylock
“Alack, what heinous sin is it in me/To be ashamed to be my father’s child?…/If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife,/Become a Christian and thy loving wife” (2.3.15-16, 19-20). Jessica
“Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?…If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? (3.1.52-53, 57-59) Shylock
“But the full sum of me/Is sum of something: which to term in gross/Is an unlesson’d girl, unschool’d, unpractis’d” (3.2.157-159) Portia
“But now I was the lord/Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,/Queen o’er myself” (3.2.167-169) Portia
“This house, these servants, and this same myself/Are yours, my lord’s. I give them with this ring,/Which, when you part from, lose, or give away,/Let it presage the ruin of your love,/And be my vantage to exclaim on you” (3.2.170-174). Portia
“…But when this ring/Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence./O, then be bold to say Bassanio’s dead!” (3.2.183-185). Bassanio
“Thou call’dst me a dog before thou hadst a cause,/But since I am a dog, beware my fangs” (3.3.6-7). Shylock
“If you deny me, fie upon your law:/There is no force in the decrees of Venice./I stand for judgment. Answer: shall I have it?” (4.1.101-102). Shylock
“The quality of mercy is not strain’d,/It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/Upon the place beneath” (4.1.182-184). Portia
“Commend me to your honorable wife,…/Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death,/And when the tale is told, bid her be judge/Whether Bassanio had not once a love” (4.1.271, 273-275). Antonio
“Your wife would give you little thanks for that/If she were by to hear you make the offer” (4.1.286-287). Portia
“O upright judge!/Mark, Jew—O learned judge!” (4.1.310-311). Gratianio
“For, as thou urgest justice, be assured/Thou shalt have justice more than thou desir’st” (4.1.313-314). Portia
“My Lord Bassanio, let him have the ring./Let his deservings and my love withal/Be valued ‘gainst your wife’s commandment” (4.1.447-449). Antonio
“for this favor/ he presently (must) become a christian” (4.1.384-385) Antonio

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