28+ quotes from Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Quotes from Macbeth

William Shakespeare ·  249 pages

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“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Life ... is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“...Who could refrain,
That had a heart to love, and in that heart
Courage to make love known?”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more, is none”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Where shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, when the battle 's lost and won”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Things without all remedy should be without regard: what's done is done.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top full
Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood,
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature’s mischief! Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor Heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry "Hold, hold!”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“All causes shall give way: I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“O, full of scorpions is my mind!”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Confusion now hath made his masterpiece.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Out, out brief candle, life is but a walking shadow...a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Out, damned spot! out, I say!”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Macbeth: How does your patient, doctor?

Doctor: Not so sick, my lord, as she is troubled with thick-coming fancies that keep her from rest.

Macbeth: Cure her of that! Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon her heart.

Doctor: Therein the patient must minister to himself.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“So fair and foul a day I have not seen.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“The love that follows us sometime is our trouble, which still we thank as love.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on the other.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.
Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
Yet Grace must still look so.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Macbeth


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Born place: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, The United Kingdom
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