Macbeth: Key quotes

Below you’ll find key quotes for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the relationship between the two, as well as a list of top 40′ utility’ quotes.

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Top 40 Macbeth Quotes

‘Unseamed him from the knave to th’ chops and fixed his head upon the battlements’

‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’

‘Golden opinions’

‘Most sainted King’

‘I have begun to plant thee, and will labor To make thee full of growing.’

‘They have more in them than mortal knowledge’

‘Let not light see my black and deep desires’

‘There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face’

‘Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way’

‘Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty!’

‘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.

‘I dare do all that become a man, who dares do more is none’

‘Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail’

‘Undaunted mettle.’

‘That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold’

‘Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t.’

‘Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hands.’

‘A little water clears us of this deed’

‘There’s daggers in men’s smiles’ (Donalbain)

What, can the devil speak true?

‘i fear thou play’dst most foully for ‘t.’

‘A fruitless crown’

‘Is’t far you ride’

‘Full of scorpions is my mind’

‘I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er’

‘we are but young in deed’

‘By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.’

‘answer me  To what I ask you.’

‘Our country sinks beneath the yoke’

‘Out, damn’d spot!’

‘What’s done cannot be undone’

‘who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.’

‘She should have died hereafter’

‘It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’

‘bear-like I must fight the course’

‘this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen’

‘Most pious Edward’

‘Holy king’

‘Thine and my poor country’s to command’

‘Thanks to all at once and to each one.’

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Macbeth

‘Brave Macbeth

‘noble Macbeth‘

‘Golden opinions’

 

‘All hail Macbeth that shall be king hereafter!’

‘rapt’

 

‘Why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs

‘against the use of nature’

‘Vaulting ambition’

‘Let not light see my black and deep desires’

If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me.

 

‘Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way’

‘We will proceed no further in this business’

‘Are thou afeard’ (Lady Macbeth)

‘I dare do all that become a man, who dares do more is none’

‘Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail’

 

‘I am afraid to think what I have done’

‘Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hands.’

‘There’s daggers in men’s smiles’ (Donalbain)

‘Duncan is in his grave; after life’s fitful fever he sleeps well……….nothing can touch him further.’

 

‘Be innocent of the knowledge dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed’

‘I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er’

‘the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.’

 

‘There’s not a one of them but in his house I keep a servant fed’

 

‘She should have died hereafter’

‘It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’

 

‘Feels his secret murders sticking to his hands’ (Angus)

‘Untitled tyrant bloody-sceptred’ (Macduff)

 

‘I cannot fly but bear-like I must fight the course’

‘Yet I will try the last’

‘this dead butcher’

 

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Lady Macbeth 

‘Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way’

‘Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty!’

‘chastise with the valour of my tongue, all that impedes thee from the golden round’

 

‘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.

‘Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail’

‘Undaunted mettle.’

‘That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold’

‘Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t.’

‘Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hands.’

these deeds must not be thought of after these ways; so, it will make us mad”

‘A little water clears us of this deed’

‘nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content

‘Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, Till thou applaud the deed.’

“Shame itself! Why do you make such faces? You look but on a chair

Out, damn’d spot!’

‘What’s done cannot be undone’

‘who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.’

‘the Thane of Fife had a wife, where is she now?

Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier and afeard?

‘She should have died hereafter’

‘this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen’

 

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Relationship Macbeth/Lady Macbeth

‘Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way’

‘Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty!’

‘chastise with the valour of my tongue, all that impedes thee from the golden round’

‘Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail’

‘Bring forth men-children only, For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males.’

these deeds must not be thought of after these ways; so, it will make us mad”

‘A little water clears us of this deed’

‘nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content

‘Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,. Till thou applaud the deed.’

Sit worthy friends, my lord is often thus and hath been since his youth

‘Shame itself! Why do you make such faces? You look but on a chair

‘Out, damn’d spot!’

‘What’s done cannot be undone’

‘She should have died hereafter’

‘this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen’

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