“All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”

This quote is from Act V Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. I this scene a gentlewoman and the doctor are talking about Lady Macbeth. Suddenly she enters with a candle in her hand. She talks about the murder of Lady MacDuff and Banquo. In this trace she feels having blood on her hands which cannot be washed. Read more [...]

“Tis destiny unshunnable, like death”

OTHELLO Haply for I am black, And have not those soft parts of conversation That chamberers have; or for I am declined Into the vale of years—yet that’s not much— She’s gone. I am abused, and my relief Must be to loathe her. O curse of marriage, That we can call these delicate creatures ours And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad And live upon the vapor of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the thing I love For others’ uses. Yet ’tis the plague of great ones; Prerogatived Read more [...]

“I do perceive here a divided duty.”

DESDEMONA: My noble father, I do perceive here a divided duty. To you I am bound for life and education. My life and education both do learn me How to respect you. You are the lord of my duty, I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my husband, And so much duty as my mother showed To you, preferring you before her father, So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord.   This quote is from the first act of Shakespeare’s play, Othello. Othello, the Moor is Read more [...]

“Were I the Moor I would not be Iago.”

IAGO: Were I the Moor I would not be Iago. In following him I follow but myself; Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty, But seeming so for my peculiar end. For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In compliment extern, ’tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.   This lines are from the first act of Shakespeare’s famous play, Othello. In this speech Iago tells his plan to Read more [...]

“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.”

LADY MACBETH 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? MACBETH Prithee, peace: I dare Read more [...]

“What’s done is done”

LADY MACBETH  Nought's had, all's spent,  Where our desire is got without content:  Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. Enter MACBETH How now, my lord! why do you keep alone, Of sorriest fancies your companions making, Using those thoughts which should indeed have died With them they think on? Things without all remedy Should be without regard: what's done is done. MACBETH  We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it: She'll Read more [...]
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