Othello quotes

Who would not make her husband a Culkold to make him a Monarch? Emilia, Act 4, scene 3Emilia to Desdemona. Desdemona tells Emelia she would never cheat on her husband for all the world. Emilia disagrees, remarking that only for the whole world would she cheat on her husband. This is fishy, because Emilia is rumored to have slept with Othello. Perhaps to give her husband a promotion, ho?
I am not what I am Iago, act 1, scene 1Iago says this very Earlier on to Roderigo. This is the most telling quote Iago ever says about himself. He is saying this to Roderigo to convince the dupe that he is not loyal to Othello and wishes to betray the Moor. But as we find out later, Iago also betrays Roderigo and is loyal to no one but himself.
mere prattle without practice is all his soldiership Iago, Act 1, sc 1 This Iago’s Opinion on Cassio’s career. HE says this to convince Roderigo that this is his reason bwhind hating the Moor.
Oh, beware my lord, of jelousy,/ tis the green-eyed monster which doth mock/ the meat it feeds on Iago, act 3, sc 3Iago tells Othello this, ‘warning othello not to be jelous’ and adds another coat of paint to his masterful facade of friendship. This is a telling quote. If Iago’s motivation is that Emilia slept with Othello, would not this statement also be true of the man who speaks it?
No, Iago;/Ill see before I doubt, prove;/ And on the proof ther is no more but this: Away at once with love or jelousy! Othello, act 3, sc 3Othello claims he is not the jealous type. Othello believes he needs to see Desies infidelities to believe his wife is unfaithful, but Iago manages to convince him that Dessie is guilt with trifles light as air.
and it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets h’as don my office” Iago, act 1, scene 3Iago says this in a soliloquy early on. This is when we find out what might be Iago’s true motivation. his wife is rumored to have slept with Othello, but he doesn’t know if it is true.
I must show out a flag and sign of love,/ Which is indeed but a sighn Iago, act 1 Scene 1This is said to Roderigo. Iago claims he needs to keep beign loyal to Othello’s face, but this really means nothing becuase he is really lotal to Rodrigo. yeah right.
The Moor is of free and trusting Nature/ Than thinks men honest that seem to be so Iago. act 1 scene 1This is a quote about Othello in an Iago soliloquy. The General is trusting in nature, making him easily fooled
I have Drunk but one cup tonight, and that is craftily qualified too;…. I am unfortunate in the infirmity and dare not task my weakness with any more Cassio 2.3 line 40Casio to Iago. He does not hold his liqour well. Iago gets him drunk, and this Casio gets fired.
ll watch him tame an talk him out of patience; his bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift; I’ll interminle everything he does with Cassio’s suit. Desdemona Act 3.3 line 25Oh Dessie. This a bad a idea. She says this to Casio and about how she will convince her husband to hire him back. Talking about other guys to your insecure husband is not a smart move.
Thou dost stone my heart/ and makes me call what i intend to do/ a murder, which I though a sacrifice Othello 5.2 Line 78-80Othello Says this while Dessie is asleep, right before he murders her. He believes he is sacrificing her to save her reputation and other men
This is the night/ that either makes me or forgoes me quite. Iago 5.2 line 151Iago, to himself in act five. He believes he will either get away completely unscathed or will suffer all the consequences, no in between.
Virtue? A fig. Tis ourselves that we are thus or thus. Iago, 1.3 line 361Iago says this to Rodrigo who is content on committing suicide at this point. Iago does not believe that people have the ingrained characteristics that cuase them to be certain ways, but this is rather psychopathic. He might also just be saying this in order to use Rodrigo more.
So I will turn her virtue into pitch/ and out of her own goodness make the net/ that shall enmesh them all Iago, 2.3, ine 391Iago says this to himself. He has n reason for reining Desdemona’s reputation, he seems to be doing it because he can, and also because he thinks it is fun. Sociopath!
How poor are they that have not patience/What would did ever heal by degrees? Iago 2.3 line 391 to RodrigoRodrigo feels like quitting again, but Iago sweeps in to convince him other wise. When Rodrigo claims he is worn out and plans to go back to Venice, Iago interrupts. He tells Rodrigo that he is poor in patience and that no wound heals immediately.
Rude I am in my speech/ and little plessed with the soft phrase of peace othello, 1/3 line 96-97This is BS. Othello is as eloquent af, or at least he is in the beginning of the play. Shakespeare is pretty shitty in how he writes Othello. His first Black hero, and by the end of the play, Othello becomes a barbarian. This speech rouses the Duke to say Barbarian should give Othello a chance.
Even now, now, very now, an old black ram/ Is tuppping you white ewe Iago 1.2 line 97-98Iago and his racial slurs. He says this under the cover of darkness to Barbantio with Rodrigo at his side. Barbantio does not know it is him. This is where the theme of light in dark is introduced.
Because we come to do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll have your daughter covered with the Barbary horse. Iago, 1.1 line 123-125Iago at it again with the racial slurs. Comparing Othello to a horse is akin with the more current racial slur of ‘monkey’ and just as heinous. He claims to be a friend of Barbantio, but Iago is only ever on his own side.
Look to her Moor, if thou hast eyes to see,/she has deceived her father, and may thee. Barbantio, 1.3, Line 333Barbantio tells this to Othello. If Dessie can fool her own father, she can certainly fool her new husband. Othello obviously keeps this in his mind, especially when he confronts Dessie and says ‘I took you for the cunning ***** of Venice her married Othello.”
The are all but stomachs, and we all but food;/they eat us hungerly, and when they are full/ they belch us Emilia, Act 3.3 line 412Emilia is by no mean s naive, and serves as Dessie’s foil. Emilia does not have a pleasant opinion of men, which makes since as she is married to Iago.
Give me the ocular proof,/Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul, thou hadst been better have been born a dog/ Than answer my naked wrath! Othello, Act 3.3 line 412Othello confornt Iago in a fit of anger, threatening that he will wish he had never been born unless he provides ocular proof. He scares Iago here, and this is the first time Othello really acts barbaric.
I look down towards his feet; but that’s a fable./If that thou be’st a devil, I cannot kill thee.” Othello, 5.2Othello says this about Iago before he tries to attack him. Othello seems to think Iago is the devil incarnate. Funny how things change. He manages to stab Iago, but cannot kill him. His weapons are taken away, but he gets them back in order to commit suicide.
Then must you speak/Of one that loved not wisely but too well;/Of one not easily jealous but, being wrought,/Perplexed in the extreme; Othello 5.2This is part of Othello’s final speech before he commits suicide. He describes himself as someone who ” loved not wisely but too well” This shows that Othello is remarkably concerned about his legacy, which any rad watcher of criminal mind’s knows is a characteristic of someone with narcissistic personality disorder.
“I kissed the ere I killed thee. No way but this,/ Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.” Othello 5.2In true creeper Shakespeare fashion, Othello kisses his dead wife before he kills himself. These are Othello’s final words. He is kind of repenting hear, confessing to his wife’s corpse that his jealousy killed her, but this isn’t quite an apology.
I took you for that cunning ***** of Venice/That married with Othello Othello Act 4.2 line 104Oh Othello, the ever notorios word smith. THis is the first time Othello confronts Dessie, but the naive little Dessie does not stick up for herself quite as much as she should have. Anyways, Othello is pretty convinced that she is guilty. This also goes back to what Barbantio said about Dessie.
For when my outward action doth demonstrate/ The native act and figure of my hart/ In complement exstern, ’tis not long after/ But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve/ For daws to peek at; I am not what I am. Iago; 1.1, line 1.1 line 67Iago is reveals that he will manipulate and act deceptively if it suits his motives. The audience should understand that Iago is not to be trusted. This scene also shows how naive Roderigo can be. Roderigo doesn’t take Iago’s words to heart. Roderigo dies later in the play because of Iago
My Lord, this would not be believed in Venice,/ Though I should swear I saw’t Lodovico, Act 4 scene 1 line 270Lodovico is shocked when Othello hits Dessie, claiming this would not be believed in Venice. He asks Othello to apologize, but Dessie leaves the room crying. This reminds the audience that Othello used to be a good guy.
To mourn a mischeif that is past and gone/ Is the next way to draw new mischief on Duke, 1.3 Line 234-235The Duke advises Barbantio not to dwell on his son in laws skin color, as this would only lead to more trouble. But this also rings true for Othello and Dessie. If OThello followed the Dukes’ advise, he would have confronted Dessie when he first heard the rumor. But o, he was childish.
Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong proofs as holy writ Iago Sc 3.3 line 370Oh, Iago. Iago says this to himself, right after Emilia gives him the handkerchief. Iago really understands human nature, and almost seems to be omnipotent. Perhaps he is really the devil incarnate after all.
A guiltless death I die. Desdemona 5.2 line 150Dessie says this to Othello right before she is murdered. She maintains her innocence up to her death. This is very important because this makes Othello mad Her death would have been very painful, and she could have escaped this pain if she just said she cheated, despite it being a lie. If I were in her situation and had the option to skip out on pain, that is what I would do. Because she maintains this till death, she allows doubt to sink into Othello, which would make it excruciatingly painful when he finds out the truth.