Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dress’d yourself? hath it slept since?
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’
Like the poor cat i’ the adage?
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.
These lines of Shakespeare mean that Macbeth is holding back his desires to act as a man. Who thinks that he can do more does not do it.
These lines are from Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth. These are from Act I Scene 7. 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.