Lady Macbeth Quotes

Act 1, Scene 5 (Lady Macbeth is preparing to welcome Duncan to her castle, and is preparing to murder him.) 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! […] Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall.
Act 1, Scene 5 (Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that he is to hide how obvious the intentions of the couple are) Look like the time, bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.
Act 1, Scene 7 (She’s mocking Macbeth’s manhood for wanting to turn back on the idea of killing Duncan.) What beast was’t then That made you break your enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man.
Act 1, Scene 7 (Macbeth had just asked what would happen if they failed.) We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we’ll not fail.
Act 1, Scene 7 (Referring to the drunk guards.) What cannot you and I perform upon Th’unguarded Duncan? When not put upon His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt Of our great quell?
Act 2, Scene 2 (“He can’t have failed, I made it so obvious and easy for him!”) Alack, I am afraid they have awaked, And ’tis not done […] I laid their daggers ready, he could not miss ’em. Had he not resembles My father as he slept, I had done’t.
Act 2, Scene 2 (Lady Macbeth is annoyed that Macbeth has started falling into madness as a result of the murder) Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers […] If he do bleed, I’ll guild the faces of the grooms withal For it must seem their guilt.
Act 2, Scene 2 (She is mocking him for going mad about the murder) My hands are of your colour, but I shame to wear a heart so white.
Act 3, Scene 1 (Lady Macbeth has got what she wanted, but doesn’t feel happy about it. It was safer to be who they killed than to be in ‘doubtful joy’ as a result of their own destruction.) Nought’s had, all is spent Where our desire is got without content. ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
Act 3, Scene 1 (Lady Macbeth is talking to Macbeth about the madness he’s experiencing. This is in stark contrast to her state of mind towards the end of the play.) Things without all remedy Should be without regards; what’s done, is done.
Act 3, Scene 4 O proper stuff! This is the very painting of your fear; This is the air-drawn dagger which you said Led you to Duncan […] Shame itself! Why do you make such face? When all’s done, You look but on a stool.
Act 5 Scene 1 Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One, two. Why then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fir, a soldier, and afeard? […] Yet who would have thought the old man to have so much blood in him?
Act 5 Scene 1 The Thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’that, my lord, no more o’that. You mar with this starting.
Act 5, Scene 3 (This is the doctor talking about Lady Macbeth and what’s causing her madness.) Not so sick, my lord, As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies That keep her from her rest. There in the patient must minister to himself.