30+ Top Macbeth Quotes for Literature Nerds

30+ Top Macbeth Quotes for Literature Nerds
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Tripboba.com - If you’re a fan of William Shakespeare and his works, then you must love Macbeth. This time Tripboba has gathered up some Macbeth quotes from the play. We’ve covered Macbeth quotes about ambition and power as well as Macbeth quotes about guilt. Also, you can see Lady Macbeth quotes in the last page. So, just keep scrolling and pick your fave Macbeth quotes.


Quotes from Macbeth

Macbeth quotes about power and ambition

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  • “Thou wouldst be great art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.”
  • “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man That function is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.”
  • “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”
  • “My noble partner You greet with present grace and great prediction Of noble having and of royal hope, That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not. If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak, then, to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favors nor your hate.”
  • "I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more, is none" ~ William Shakespeare
  • “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other.”
  • “Ring the alarum-bell! Blow, wind! come, wrack! At least we'll die with harness on our back.”
  • “Two truths are told as happy prologues to the swelling act of th’imperial theme.”
  • “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.”

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Macbeth guilty quotes

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  • “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood. Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather. The multitudinous seas incarnadine.”
  • “Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold. Thou hast no speculation in those eyes.”
  • “To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.”
  • "I'll go no more:/I am afraid to think what i agve done;/Look on't again i dare not."
  • "I am in blood/Stepp'd in so far, that should i wade no more, Returning were as tedious a go o'er"
  • "One cried, 'God bless us!' and "Amen" the other,/As they had seen me with these hangman's hands./List'ning their fear I could not say "Amen",/When they did say 'God bless us!'"
  • "Stars, hide your fires!/Let not light see my black and deep desires."
  • "I will not yield, to kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet, and to be baited with the rabble's curse"
  • "Here's the smell of blood still. All perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”
  • "And with thy bloody and invisible hand/Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond/Which keeps me pale."
  • "Mine eyes are made the fools o'th other senses,/Or else worth all the rest: I see thee still;/And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood,/Which was not so before. There's no such thing."
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Lady Macbeth quotes

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  • “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is to full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly that wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, and yet wouldst wrongly win. Thou’ld’st have, great Glamis, that which cries “Thus thou must do,” if thou have it, and that which rather thou dost fear to do, than wishes should be undone. Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear and chastise with the valor of my tongue. All that impedes thee from the golden round, which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal.”
  • “I laid their daggers ready; He could not miss ‘em. Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t.”
  • “Out, damned spot; out, I say. One, two, -- why, then ‘tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? – Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.”
  • “The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. 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 th’access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious vistings of nature. Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between th’effect and it. Come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers, whatever 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!’”
  • “O, never shall sun that morrow see! Your face, my thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters. To beguile the time, look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t. He that’s coming must be provide for: and you shall put this night’s great business into my dispatch, which shall to all our nights and days to come. Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.”

  • “But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail. When Duncan is asleep –whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey soundly invite him – his two chamberlains will I with wine and wassail so convince that memory, the warder of the brain, dhall be a fume, and the receipt of reason. A limbeck only: when in swinish sleep their drenchèd natures lied as in a death, what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan? What not put upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell?

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