Quotations from Macbeth

Who said it? To whom? Why? Meaning? 4 pts each


"When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, When the battle 's lost and won." (Act I, Scene I)

Fair is foul, and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air."  (Act I, Scene I)

If I say sooth, I must report they were As cannons overcharged with double cracks, So they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe" (Act I, Scene II)

"No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth."
  (Act I, Scene II)

If you can look into the seeds of time And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favors nor your hate."  (Act I, Scene III)

 "What, can the devil speak true?"  (Act I, Scene III)

"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me."
 (Act I, Scene III)

"Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it; he died as one that had been studied in his death to throw away the dearest thing he owed, as 't were a careless trifle." (Act I, Scene IV)

"Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see." (Act I, Scene IV)
"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."  Act I, Scene V

"Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness." 
(Act I, Scene V)

"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't." (Act I, Scene V)

"Conduct me to mine host. We love him highly And shall continue our graces towards him. By your leave, hostess."  (Act I, Scene VI)

"I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none." (Act I, Scene VII)

"Screw your courage to the sticking-place." (Act I, Scene VII)

"I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the other." (Act I, Scene VII)

We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon" (Act I, Scene VII)

 "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."  (Act I, Scene VII)

"Bring forth men-children only; For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males.: (Act I, Scene VII)

I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth." (Act II, Scene I)

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?" (Act II, Scene I)

I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell." (Act II, Scene I)

 "Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't."  (Act II, Scene II)

"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red" (Act II, Scene II)

Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care"  (Act II, Scene II)

"There's daggers in men's smiles." (Act II, Scene III)

The night has been unruly. Where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down and, as they say, Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death," (Act II, Scene III)

"Thou hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou play'dst most foully for't"    (Act III, Scene I)

"What's done is done." (Act III, Scene II)

 "O full of scorpions is my mind... " (Act III, Scene II)

"By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes." (Act IV, Scene I)

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." (Act IV, Scene I)

Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth." (Act IV, Scene I)

"Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill Shall come against him." (Act IV, Scene I)

All my pretty ones? Did you say all? O hell-kite! All? What, all my pretty chickens and their dam  At one fell swoop? Act IV, Scene III)

"Out, damned spot! out, I say!" (Act V, Scene I).

 "What's done cannot be undone" (Act V, scene I).

"All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." (Act V, Scene I)

"She should have died hereafter. There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow..." (Act V, Scene V)

"Out, out, brief candle! 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 tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." (Act V, Scene V)

The devil himself could not pronounce a title More hateful to mine ear."  (Act V, Scene VII)

"I bear a charmed life." (Act V, Scene VIII)

"Macduff was from his mother's womb Untimely ripp'd"   (Act V, Scene VIII)

"What’s more to do, Which would be planted newly with the time, As calling home our exiled friends abroad That fled the snares of watchful tyranny, Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen (Who, as ’tis thought, by self and violent hands, Took off her life)—this, and what needful else That calls upon us, by the grace of grace, We will perform in measure, time, and place."  (Act V, Scene VIII)