The Merchant of Venice Quotes, character, themes, language features

“In sooth I know not why I am so sad.” Antonio
“I hold the world but as the world… A stage where everyman must play a part, and mine a sad one.” Antonio
“I am Sir Oracle, and when I ope my lips, let no dog bark.” Gratiano
“Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing..” Bassanio
“To you, Antonio, I owe the most, in money and in love.” Bassanio
“I have engaged myself to a dear friend, engaged my friend to his mere enemy, to feed my means.” Bassanio
“By my troth, Nerissa, my little body is aweary of this great world.” Portia
“The quality of mercy is not strained.” Portia
“Since you are dear bought, I will love you dear.” Portia
“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” Lancelot
“Yes, truly, for look you, the sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.” Lancelot
“But love is blind and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit…” Jessica
“I am never merry when I hear sweet music.” Jessica
“…he would rather have Antonio’s flesh than twenty times the value of the sum that he did owe him.” Jessica
“How sweet the moonlight sweeps upon this bank.” Lorenzo
“Hath not a Jew eyes?” Shylock
“You have among you many a purchased slave…the pound of flesh which I demand of him is dearly bought, is mine, and I will have it.” Shylock
“My daughter! Oh my ducats! Oh, my daughter! Fled with a Christian! Oh, my Christian ducats!” Shylock
“All that glisters is not gold” Scroll
“The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction”. Shylock
“Be merciful, take thrice the money, bid me tear the bond”. Portia
“He is well paid that is well satisfied”. Portia
“If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge”. Shylock
“An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek”. Antonio
“I did dream of money bags tonight”. Shylock

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