The Tempest Quotes

“The government I cast upon my brother/ And to my state grew stranger, being transported/ And rapt in secret studies.” PROSEPERO, gave his brother power so he could study his magic more
“Your tale, sir, would cure deafness” MIRANDA, its an interesting story
“All hail great master! Grave sir, hail! I come/ To answer they best pleasure. Be’t to fly,/ To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride/ on the curled clouds, to they strong bidding task/ Ariel and all his quality.” ARIEL, I will do whatever you want master with my power
“Pardon, master./ I will be correspondent to command/ And do my spiriting gently.” ARIEL, I will do what you want Prosperso (because he is scared Prospero will put in back in a tree)
“You taught me language, and my profit on ‘t/ Is I know how to curse, The red plague rid you/ For learning me your language!” CALIBAN, Miranda taught him the nobility language because that is what she had learned
“My language! Heavens!/ I am the best of them taht speak this speech,/ Were I but where ’tis spoken. FERDINAND, they speak the same language
“Soft, sir, one word more/ They are both in either’s powers. But this/ swift business/ I must uneasy make, lest too light winning Make the prize light. PROSPERO, good they fell in love, but he is going to say he does’t want them to be together so she wants in even more
“Besesch you, sir, be merry. you have cause/ so have we all of joy, for our escape/ is much beyond our loss.” GONZALO, tries to comfort Alonso
“Sir you may thank yourself for this great loss/ That would not bless our Europe with your daughter,/ But rather loser her to and African” SEBASTIAN, Is your (Alsonso) fault that Ferdinand died
“I’ th’ commonwealth I would by contraries/ execute all things, for no kind of traffic/ would i admit; no name of magistrate;/ Letters should not be known; riches, poverty,/ And use of service, none; contract, succession,/ bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none;/ no use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil;/ no occupation; all men idle, all/ and women too, but innocent and pure’/ no sovereignty” GONZALO, describes how life would be if her were king, utopia world
“My strong imagination sees a crown/ Dropping upon thy head.” ANTONIO, I see you (Sebastian) becoming king
“What stuff is this? How say you?/ tis true my brother’s daughter’s queen of Tunis,/ So is she heir of Naples, ‘twixt which regions/ there is some space.” SEBASTIAN, yes my brother’s daughter is queen in a far away place
“The case, dear friend/ shall be my precedent; as thou got’st Milan,/ I’ll come by Naples. Draw thy sword. One stroke/ shall free thee from the tribute which thou payest/ And I the king shall love thee.” SEBASTIAN, I will kill my brother with your example, now lets do it
“Alas, the storm is come again. My best/ way is to creep under his gaberdine. There is no/ other shelter hereabout. Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. I will here shroud till dregs of the storm be past.” TRINCULO, Thinks Caliban is dead so he crawls under the cape to protect himself. When things are bad you will take help from anyone
“I’ll swear upon that bottle to be thy true subject, for the liquor is not earthly” CALIBAN, I swear on this wine to serve you, you must be a god because your liquor is so good
“No precious creature,/ i had rather crack my sinews, break my back,/ Than you should such dishonor undergo/ While I sit lazy by.” FERDINAND, I would rather break my back than have you do my work for me
“Pore worm, thou art infected/ This visitation shows it.” PROSPERO, Ferdinand is love sic
“I beyond all limit of what else i’ th’ world,/ Do love, prize, honor you.” FERDINAND, I love you so much
“I am your wife if you will marry me/ If not, I’ll die your maid, to be your fellow/ You may deny me, but I’ll be your servant/ Whether you will or no.” MIRANDA, If you won’t marry me then I will be your maid and follow you forever
“I’ th’ afternoon to sleep, There thou mayst brain him, / Having first seized his books, or with a log/ Batter his skull, or paunch him with a stake,/ Or cut his weasand with thy knife.” CALIBAN, plan to kill Prospero, make sure to first get his magic books they batter his skull
“Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,/ sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not./ Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments/ Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices/ That, if I then had waked after long sleep,/ will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming,/ The clouds methought would open, and show riches/ Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked/ I cried to dream again.” CALIBAN, he really does love the island sometimes
“therefor my son i’ th’ ooze is bedded, and/ I’ll seek him deeper than e’er plummet sounded,/ And with him there lie mudded.” ALONSO, He is going to be with his son again because he is going to drown himself
“We are such stuff/ as dreams are made on, and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep.” PROSPERO, Our life is a dream that goes away so quickly and on either side of our life is death
“So I charmed their ears/ That, calf-like, they my lowing followed through/ Toothed briers, sharp furzes, pricking gorse, and thorns,/ Which entered their frail shins. At last them/ I’ th’ filthy-mantled pool beyond your cell,/ there dancing up to th’ chins, that the foul lake/ O’ erstunk their feet.” ARIEL, charmed their ears to follow him, and led them through thorns and a bog
“o King Stephano, O/ peer, O worthy Stephano, look what a wardrobe/ here is for thee! TRINCULO, shows Stephano the clothes Prospero has put out to distract them
“I will have none on ‘t. We shall lose our time/ And all be turned to barnacles or to apes/ With foreheads villainous low” CALIBAN, if we don’t hurry we will get caught (voice of reason)
“Your charm so strongly works them/ That if you now beheld them, your affections/ would become tender.” ARIEL, If you (Prospero) could see them now you would feel bad for them (The king and his crew)
“But this rough magic I here abjure” PROSPERO, I’m giving up this powerful magic
“O good Gonzalo/ My true preserver and a loyal sir/ To him thou follow’st, I will pay thy graces/ Home, both in word and deed” PROSPERO, I will pay you back for being so good to me
“I here could pluck his Highness’ frown upon you/ and justify you traitors. At this time/ I will tell no tales.” PROSPERO, they are traitors and he could tell the king but will just hold it over his head so he won’t do anything wrong again
“For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother/ Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive/ thy rankest fault, all of them, and require/ My dukedom of thee, which preforce I know/ Thou must restore.” PROSPERO, to Antonio, to call you brother infects my mouth but I will forgive you too
“Have lost my daughter” PROSPERO, she has gotten married
“O wonder!/ How many goodly creatures are there here!/ How beauteous mankind is! O, brave new world/ That has such people in ‘t!” MIRANDA, this world that I have never known has such great people in it, I love it
“Let us not burden our remembrances with/ A heaviness that’s gone.” PROSPERO, just forget about it
“Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issue/ Should become kings of Naples? O, rejoice/ Beyond a common joy, and set it down/ with gold on lasting pillars; in one voyage/ Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis,/ And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife/ Where he himself was lost Prospero his dukedom/ In a poor isle; and all of us ourselvs/ When no man was his own.” GONZALO, 1. Was the duke of Milan kicked out so his kids could become heirs of King of Naples 2. Claribel found a husband 3. Ferdinand found a wife 4. Prospero found his dukedom on an island 5. And all of us found ourselves when we were lost (when Prospero put a spell on them)
“We were dead of sleep/ And how, we know not all clapped under/ Hatches” BOATSWAIN, were trapped under the boat the whole time
“Two of these fellows you/ Must known and own. this thing of darkness I/ Acknowledge mine.” PROSPERO, talking about Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo
“Ay, that i will, and I’ll be wise hereafter/ And seek for grace. what a thrice-double ass/ Was I to take this drunkard for a god,/ And worship this dull fool!” CALIBAN, he learned something from his mistakes
“Now my charms are all o’erthrown, And what strength I have ‘s mine own, Which is most faint.” PROSPERO-EPILOGUE, I have given up all my magic now
“Since I have my dukedom got And pardoned the deciever, dwell In this bare island by your spell, But release me from my bands With the help of your good hands” PROSPERO-EPILOGUE, Don’t make me stay here on this island release me by clapping