Macbeth Quotes

“When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” Witches
“When the hurlyburly’s done,When the battle’s lost and won.” Witches
Fair is foul, foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air.” Witches
“So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” Macbeth
“…oftentimes to win us to our harmThe instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us the honest rifles, to betray’sIn deepest consequence.” Banquo
“two truths are told,As happy prologues to the swelling actOf the imperial theme.” Macbeth
“This supernatural solicitingCannot be ill, cannot be good.” Macbeth
“Nothing in his lifeBecause him like the leaving it.” Malcolm
“Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindnessTo catch the nearest way.” Lady Macbeth
“Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but withoutThe illness should attend it.” Lady Macbeth
“The raven himself is hoarseThat croaks the fatal entrance of DuncanUnder my battlements.” Lady Macbeth
“Come, you spiritsThat tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here” Lady Macbeth
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere wellIt were done quickly” Macbeth
“…that but this blowMight be the be-all and end-all!” Macbeth
“Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’Like the poor cat i’th’ adage?” Lady Macbeth
“We fail?But screw your courage to the sticking placeAnd we’ll not fail.” Lady Macbeth
“Bring forth men-children only!” Macbeth
“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” Macbeth
“Is this a dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand?” Macbeth
“The bell invites me.Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knellThat summons thee to heaven or to Hell.” Macbeth
“Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t.” Lady Macbeth
“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…” Macbeth
“Will all of great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No, this my hand will ratherThe multitudinous sea incarnadine,Making the green one red.” Macbeth
“What’s done is done.” Lady Macbeth
“We have scorched the snake, not killed it.” Macbeth
“Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day. …I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound inTo saucy doubts and fears.” Macbeth
“It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak.” Macbeth
“Double, double, toil and trouble;Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” Witches
“Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog…” Witches
“How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?” Macbeth
“Be bloody, bold, and resolute, laugh to scornThe power of man, for none of woman bornShall harm Macbeth.” Second Apparition
“Macbeth shall never vanquished be untilgreat Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane HillShall come against him.” Third Apparition
“Saw you the Weird Sister?” Macbeth
“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.” Malcolm
“What, all my pretty chickens and their damAt one fell swoop?” Macduff
“Out, damned spot! Out, I saw!” Lady Macbeth
“All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.” Lady Macbeth
“Thou lily-livered boy.” Macbeth
“I have lived long enough. My way of lifeIs fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf.” Macbeth
“Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased…” Macbeth
“Therein the patientMust minister to himself” Doctor
“I have supped full with horrors.” Macbeth
“She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word.” Macbeth
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrowCreeps in this petty pace from day to dayto the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!” Macbeth
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then heard no more. It is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.” Macbeth
“Lay on, Macduff,And damned be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!'” Macbeth
“The time is free.” Macduff
“And Fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling, Showed like a rebel’s *****. But all’s too weak; For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,Which smoked with bloody execution,Like valor’s minion carved out his passageTill he faced the slave” Captain
“Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion” Captain
“Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more!” Macbeth
“The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,And these are of them. Whither are they vanished?” Banquo
“He labored in his country’s wrack, I know not;But treasons capital, confessed and proved,Have overthrown him.” Banquo
“Only I have left to say,More is thy due than more than all can pay.” Duncan
“I have begun to plant thee, and will laborTo make thee full of growing, Noble Banquo” Duncan
“Let not light see my black and deep desires.The eye wink at the hand; yet let that beWhich the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” Macbeth
“Look like the’ innocent flowerBut be the serpent under’t.” Lady Macbeth
“we still have judgment here, that we but teachBloody instructions, which, being taught, returnTo plague th’inventor.” Macbeth
“that his virtuesWill plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, againstThe deep damnation of his taking-off;And Pity, like a naked newborn babeStriding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin,” Macbeth
“To prick the sides of my intent, but onlyVaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itselfAnd falls on th’other.” Macbeth
“What beast was’t, then,That made you break this enterprise to me?When you durst do it, then you were a man” Lady Macbeth
“I am settled, and bend upEach corporal agent to this terrible feat.” Macbeth
“Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that natureGives way to in repose!” Banquo
“Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuseThe curtained sleep.” Macbeth
“That which hath made them drunk hath made me boldWhat hath quenched them hath given me fire.Hark! Peace!” Lady Macbeth
“I had most need of blessing, and “Amen’Stuck in my throat.” Macbeth
“Retire we to our chamber.A little water clears us of this deed.” Lady Macbeth
“Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell gate” Porter
“Approach the chamber and destroy your sightWith a new Gorgon” Macduff
“What’s the business,That such a hideous trumpet calls to parley” Lady Macbeth
“Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate and furious,Loyal and neutral, in a moment?” Macbeth
“Fears and scruples shake us.In the great hand of God I stand, and thenceAgainst the undivulged pretense I fightOf treasonous malice.” Banquo
“let’s briefly put on manly readiness” Macbeth
“Given to the common enemy of manTo make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings.” Macbeth
“Rather than so, come fate into the list,And champion me to th’utterance!” Macbeth
“You know your own degrees; sit down.” Macbeth
“Pray you, keep seat.The fit is momentary; upon a thoughtHe will again be well.” Lady Macbeth
“You lack all the seasons of Nature, sleep” Lady Macbeth
“By the pricking of my thumbs,Something wicked this way comes.” Witches
“Beware Macduff,Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.” First Apparition
“What is a traitor””Why, one that swears and lies””And be all traitors that do so?””Every one that does so is a traitor,And must be hanged.” Son and Lady Macduff
“Black MacbethWill seem pure as snow, and the poor stateEsteem him as a labm, being comparedWith my confineless harms” Malcolm
“O Scotland, Scotland” Macduff
“but at his touch-Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand-they presently amend.” Doctor
“Let’s make us med’cines of our great revengeTo cure this deadly grief.” Malcolm
“Unnatural deedsDo breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.” Doctor
“How does your patient, Doctor?” Macbeth
“I will not yieldTo kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet” Macbeth