Macbeth Act 1 Quotes

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air” (I, i, 11-12) three witches – chant before they meet Macbeth, meaning that things that seem fair have foul intentions and vice versa
“But I am faint; my gashes cry for help” (I, ii, 42) the sergeant – after he reports the progress of the war to King Duncan and the dies
“So foul and fair a day I have no seen” (I, iii, 38) Macbeth – right before encountering the witches
“All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis… Thane of Cawdor… king hereafter” (I, iv, 48-50) three witches – prophesize to Macbeth
“Lesser than Macbeth and greater” (first) witch – prophesizing Macbeth vs Banquo’s future
There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face. He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust” King Duncan – after the previous Thane of Cawdor is executed for being a traitor, meaning that a person cannot judge someone’s intentions by looking at their facial expressions
“Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’erleap” Macbeth – plans to kill Malcolm in order to become next inline for the throne
“That I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valor of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round” Lady Macbeth – desire and ambition for power
“Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here” Lady Macbeth – manly in her wants and ways
“Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t” Lady Macbeth – biblical allusion towards Macbeth, telling him to seems innocent to King Duncan, but then murder him in his sleep
“Leave all the rest to me” Lady Macbeth – foreshadowing King Duncan’s murder
“Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art in desire” Lady Macbeth – asking Macbeth if he scared to be the man he wants to be
Milk symbolizes the feminine inferiority that Lady Macbeth usually uses towards Macbeth to show his lack of ambition and his cowardliness when it comes to his desire for power
“Away and mock the time with fairest show; false face must guide what the false heart doth know” Macbeth – his ambitions within his heart are false
“Fair and noble hostess” King Duncan – theme of ‘fair is foul’ is recurring as King Duncan describes Lady Macbeth as he stays at the Macbeth household, foreshadowing his murder because ‘fair’ is foul