“Macbeth” – Important quotes to memorize

“Macbeth” – Important quotes to memorize

Act 1

  • Fair is foul, and foul is fair – The Witches (Act 1, Scene 1)
  • If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow, and which will not, speak. Banquo (Act 1, Scene 3)
  • 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. – Banquo (Act 1, Scene 3)
  • If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 3)
  • There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.Duncan (Act 1, Scene 4)
  • Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires. – Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 4)
  • Come, you spirits That tend on moral thoughts! unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst crueltyLady Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 5)
  • Look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it. – Lady Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 5)
  • I dare do all that my become a man; Who dares do more, is none. – Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7)
  • 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.
    – Lady Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7)
  • Screw your courage to the sticking-place. – Lady Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 7)

Act 2

  • Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee; I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? – Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 1)
  • The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees is left this vault to brag of.Macbeth (Act 2, Scene 1)
  • To show an unfelt sorrow is an office which the false man does easy.Malcolm (Act 2, Scene 2)
  • There’s daggers in men’s smiles.Donalbain (Act 2, Scene 3)

Act 3

  • I am in blood steepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er. – Macbeth (Act 3, Scene  4)

Act 4

  • Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. – Witches (Act 4, Scene 1)
  • When our actions do not, Our fears do make us traitors. – Lady Macduff (Act 4, Scene 2)
  • Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell; though all things foul would wear the brows of grace, yet grace must still look so. – Malcolm (Act 4, Scene 3)
  • Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break. – Malcolm (Act 4, Scene 3)

Act 5

  • Out, damned spot! out, I say! – Lady Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 1)
  • Those he commands move only in command, Nothing in love: now does he feel his title hand loose about him, like a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief. – Angus (Act 5, Scene 2)
  • I have supp’d full with horrors; direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts cannot once start me. – Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5)
  • 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 talk told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. – Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5)
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