50 Famous William Shakespeare Quotes From Macbeth

50 Famous William Shakespeare Quotes From Macbeth

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William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has become the most famous and influential author in English literature. Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and nicknamed the Bard of Avon. Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. He wrote about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, of which the authorship of some is uncertain. Shakespeare’s writing developed and evolved throughout his career. Scholars often divide his work into periods based on different aspects of his writing style.

He died within a month of signing his will, a document which he begins by describing himself as being in “perfect health”. In his will, Shakespeare left the bulk of his large estate to his elder daughter Susanna. Shakespeare was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church two days after his death. He retired from writing in 1613 and died three years later at the age of fifty-two. Most of his works were published posthumously in 1623. Shakespeare’s plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

Macbeth Quotes

“The color of the king doth come and go,

Between his purpose and his conscience,

Like heralds ‘twixt two dreadful battles set:

His passion is so ripe, it needs must break.”

The Plays and Poems of Shakspeare: Macbeth. King John. Richard the Second (ed. 1833)

“Thou canst not say I did it: never shake

Thy gory locks at me.”

Macbeth (1606) act 3, sc. 4, l. 50

“But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in

To saucy doubts and fears.”

Macbeth (1606) act 3, sc. 4, l. 24

“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”

Macbeth (1606) act 4, sc. 1, l. 10
“To be thus is nothing; But to be safely thus.”

“Now good digestion wait on appetite,

And health on both!”

Macbeth (1606) act 3, sc. 4, l. 38

“Macbeth: What is the night?

Lady Macbeth: Almost at odds with morning, which is which.”

Macbeth, III, iv, 126

“To show an unfelt sorrow is an office

Which the false man does easy.”

Macbeth, II, iii, 143

“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir.”

Macbeth (1606), I, iii, 143
“Who can be wise, amaz’d, temperate and furious, loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man.”

“Pour the sweet milk of concord into hell,

Uproar the universal peace, confound

All unity on earth.”

Macbeth, IV, iii, 98

“Bring me no more reports; let them fly all:

Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane

I cannot taint with fear.”

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 3, l. 1

“Hang out our banners on the outward walls;

The cry is still, “They come”; our castle’s strength Will laugh a siege to scorn.”

Macbeth, V, v, 1

“Macduff was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripp’d.”

Macbeth, V, vii, 44
“They have tied me to the stake, I cannot fly, But, bear-like, I must fight the course.”

“My fell of hair

Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir

As life were in ‘t. I have supp’d full with horrors.”

Macbeth, V v, 11

“Thou sure and firm-set earth,

Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear The very stones prate of my whereabout.”

Macbeth, II, i, 56

“It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,

Which gives the stern’st good-night.”

Macbeth (1606) act 2, sc. 2, l. 4

“Come to my woman’s breasts,

And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers.”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 5, l. [47]
“Away, and mock the time with fairest show: False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”

“And to be king

Stands not within the prospect of belief.”

Macbeth (1606), I, iii, 73

“Or have we eaten on the insane root

That takes the reason prisoner?”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 3, l. 84

“Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?”

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 1, l. [42]

“The bell invites me.

Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell

That summons thee to heaven or to hell.”

Macbeth (1606) act 2, sc. 1, l. 62
“Why should I play the Roman fool; and die on mine own sword?”

“Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chaps,

And fixed his head upon our battlements.”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 2, l. 22

“Show his eyes, and grieve his heart;

Come like shadows, so depart.”

Macbeth, IV, i, 110

“Your face, my thane, is as a book where men

May read strange matters.”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 5, l. [63]

“Merciful powers!

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature Gives way to in repose.”

Macbeth, II, i, 7
“Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.”

“So weary with disasters, tugg’d with fortune, That I would set my life on any chance, To mend it or be rid on’t.”

Macbeth, III, i, 112

“The attempt and not the deed Confounds us.”

Macbeth, II, ii, 12

“Now spurs the lated traveler apace

To gain the timely inn.”

Macbeth, III, iii, 6

“I drink to the general joy of the whole table.”

Macbeth, III, iv, 89
“I dare do all that may become a man; who dares do more is none.”

“The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!

Where gott’st thou that goose look?”

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 3, l. 11

“The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!

Where gott’st thou that goose look?”

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 3, l. 11

“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.”

Macbeth, IV, iii, 22

“I am in blood

Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.”

Macbeth, III, iv, 136
“Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.”

“Lay on, Macduff;

And damned be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’”

Macbeth (1606) act 5, sc. 7, l. 62

“The earth hath bubbles, as the water has,

And these are of them.”

Macbeth (1606), I, iii, 79

“Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return,

To plague the inventor.”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 7, l. 9

“Had he not resembled

My father as he slept I had done’t.”

Macbeth (1606) act 2, sc. 2, l. 14
“His flight was madness: when our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors.”

“Two truths are told,

As happy prologues to the swelling act

Of the imperial theme.”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 3, l. 127

“There’s husbandry in heaven;

Their candles are all out.”

Macbeth (1606) act 2, sc. 1, l. 4

“What! will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?”

Macbeth, IV, i, 117

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair:

Hover through the fog and filthy air.”

Macbeth (1606) act 1, sc. 1, l. 11
“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t.”

If you liked our selection of William Shakespeare quotes from Macbeth, then perhaps you would also enjoy our collection of 50 Amazing William Shakespeare Quotes from Hamlet.

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