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"King Lear" Quotes

"King Lear:" Shakespeare Reveals His Brilliance Again


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Act I, Sc. I
Nothing will come of nothing.

Act I, Sc. IV
Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend!

Act III, Sc. II
A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.

Act I, Sc. IV
Striving to better, oft we mar what 's well.

Act I, Sc. I
A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue
As I am glad I have not.

Act I, Sc. IV
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

Act II, Sc. IV
Hysterica passio, down, thou climbing sorrow,
Thy element 's below.

Act IV, Sc. VI
Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination.

Act V, Sc. III
Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,
The gods themselves throw incense.

Act V, Sc. III
Her voice was ever soft,
Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.

Act V, Sc. III
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.

Act III, Sc. VI
The little dogs and all,
Tray, Blanch, and Sweetheart, see, they bark at me.

Act IV, Sc. VI
A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yond simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?

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