Henry V Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Henry V
  1. #1
    “I think the king is but a man, as I am: the violet smells to him as it doth to me.”
  2. #2
    “Not today, O Lord,
    O, not today, think not upon the fault
    My father made in compassing the crown.
    I Richard’s body have interrèd new
    And on it have bestowed more contrite tears
    Than from it issued forcèd drops of blood.
    Five hundred poor I have in yearly pay
    Who twice a day their withered hands hold up
    Toward heaven, to pardon blood.”
  3. #3
    “There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.”
  4. #4
    “And but for ceremony such a wretch,
    Winding up days with toil and nights with sleep,
    Had the forehand and vantage of a king.
    The slave, a member of the country’s peace,
    Enjoys it, but in gross brain little wots
    What watch the King keeps to maintain the peace,
    Whose hours the peasant best advantages.”
  5. #5
    “So, if a son that is by his father sent about
    merchandise do sinfully miscarry upon the sea,
    the imputation of his wickedness, by your rule,
    should be imposed upon his father that sent him.”
  6. #6
    “That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart. His passport shall be made
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse.
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.”
  1. #7
    “All things are ready, if our mind be so.”
  2. #8
    “If we are marked to die, we are enough
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God’s will, I pray thee wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold”
  3. #9
    ″...for many a thousand widows
    Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands,
    Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down;
    And some are yet ungotten and unborn
    That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin’s scorn.”
  4. #10
    “Men of few words are the best men.”
  5. #11
    “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”
  6. #12
    “There’s for thy labor, Montjoy.
    (Gives money)
    Go bid thy master well advise himself:
    If we may pass, we will; if we be hindered,
    We shall your tawny ground with your red blood
    Discolor. And so, Montjoy, fare you well.
    The sum of all our answer is but this:
    We would not seek a battle as we are,
    Nor, as we are, we say we will not shun it.
    So tell your master.”

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  1. #13
    “Upon the king! Let us our lives, our souls, our
    debts, our careful wives, our children, and our sins
    lay on the King!
    We must bear all. O hard condition,
    Twin-born with greatness, subject to the breath
    Of every fool, whose sense no more can feel
    But his own wringing.”
  2. #14
    “Every subject’s duty is the king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.”
  3. #15
    “I am afeard
    there are few die well that die in a battle, for how
    can they charitably dispose of anything, when blood
    is their argument? Now, if these men do not die
    well, it will be a black matter for the king that led
    them to it, who to disobey were against all proportion
    of subjection.”
  4. #16
    “But I will rise there with so full a glory That I will dazzle all the eyes of France, Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.”
  5. #17
    “Then imitate the action of the tiger.
    Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
    Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage.
    Then lend the eye a terrible aspect”
  6. #18
    “What infinite heartsease
    Must kings neglect that private men enjoy?”
  7. #19
    “Yet, in reason, no man should possess him
    with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it,
    should dishearten his army.”
  8. #20
    “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he today that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition”
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