Macbeth Quotes

“Fair is foul and foul is fair.Hover through the fog and filthy air” a. Three witchesb. Eachotherc. Foreshadows tragedy
“Go pronounce his present deathAnd with his former title greet Macbeth.” a. Duncanb. Rossc. Gives Macbeth title at Thane of Cawdor
“So foul and fair a day I have not seen” a. Macbethb. Banquoc. Eerily echoes words of witches. Audience connects Macbeth with darkness
“But tis strange;And oftentimes, to win us to our harm;The instruments of darkness tell us truths,win us with honest trifles, to betray usIn deepest consequence” a. Banquob. Macbethc. Not trustworthy. Foreshadows evil and sin
“Nothing in his lifeBecame him like the leaving it a. Malcomb. King Duncanc. The Thine of Cawdor has done nothing good in his life that looked as good as the way he died
“Stars hide your fire;Let not light see my black and deep desires a. Macbethb. Himselfc. Shows ambition to be king, even if it means killing off the rightful king. Conceals evil thoughts
“Yet I do fear thy nature;It is too full o’ the milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way” a. Lady Macbethb. Audiencec. She does not think Macbeth is capable of murder
“This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself into our gentle senses” a. Duncanb. Duncan’s menc. Irony because he is in a lot of danger and does not know about it, yet believes the castle is a pleasant place
“I have no spur prick the sides of my intent, but onlyvaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itselfAnd falls on the other” a. Macbethb. Himselfc. Kill duncan because of ambition
“Screw your courage to the stricking place,And we’ll not fail.” a. Lady Macbethb. Macbethc. If Macbeth has courage, the plan will not fail
“Bring forth men children only,For thy undaunted mettle should composeNothing but males” a. Macbethb. Lady Macbethc. Macbeth is disgusted by Lady M and insults her by saying she is only capable of raising men, and not a girl.
“Is this a dagger which I see before me,The handle toward my hand?” a. Macbethb. Himselfc. Macbeth is going insane before he goes to kill King Duncan
“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?” a. Macbethb. Himselfc. Even with all of the water in the ocean, the blood may wash away but the guilt will remain forever
“There’s daggers in men’s smiles; the near in blood,The nearer bloody” a. Donalbainb. Malcolmc. Our closest relatives are the ones most likely to murder us