30+ quotes from Othello by William Shakespeare

Quotes from Othello

William Shakespeare ·  314 pages

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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“For she had eyes and chose me.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Men in rage strike those that wish them best.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“The robb'd that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.(Iago, Act II, scene iii)”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I lov'd her that she did pity them”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Iago”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Men should be what they seem.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

(Act 3, scene 3, 165–171)”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Rude am I in my speech, And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Tis within ourselves that we are thus or thus”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“I kissed thee ere I killed thee. No way but this,
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“It is silliness to live when to live is torment, and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Thou weigh'st thy words before thou givest them breath.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“I hold my peace, sir? no;
No, I will speak as liberal as the north;
Let heaven and men and devils, let them all,
All, all, cry shame against me, yet I'll speak.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“And his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have waken'd death!”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“So will I turn her virtue into pitch,
And out of her own goodness make the net
That shall enmesh them all. ”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Were I the Moor I would not be Iago.
In following him I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so for my peculiar end.
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, ’tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice. 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. . .”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Drown thyself? Drown cats and blind puppies.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“what cannot be saved when fate takes, patience her injury a mockery makes”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“And what’s he then that says I play the villain?”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


“O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!" - Cassio (Act II, Scene iii)”
― William Shakespeare, quote from Othello


About the author

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