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King Lear Quotes

24 of the best book quotes from King Lear
  1. #1
    Jesters do oft prove prophets.
  2. #2
    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!
    You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
    Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks.
    You sulph’rous and thought-executing fires,
    Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
    Singe my white head.
  3. #3
    So distribution should undo excess,
    And each man have enough.
  4. #4
    As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods;
    They kill us for their sport.
  5. #5
    Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
  6. #6
    I am made of that self mettle as my sister
    And prize me at her worth.
  7. #7
    You do me wrong to take me out o’ th’ grave.
    Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound
    Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
    Do scald like molten lead.
  8. #8
    How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
    To have a thankless child.—Away, away!
  1. #9
    When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down
    And ask of thee forgiveness.
  2. #10
    Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.
  3. #11
    Peace, Kent.
    Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
    I loved her most and thought to set my rest
    On her kind nursery
  4. #12
    In wisdom I should ask thy name,
    But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike,
    And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes,
    What safe and nicely I might well delay
    By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn.
  5. #13
    Men must endure
    Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
  6. #14
    “Oh, let me kiss his hand!”
    “Let me wipe it first. It smells of mortality.”
  7. #15
    We that are young
    Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
  8. #16
    “The prince of darkness is a gentleman!”

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  1. #17
    I am a man
    More sinned against than sinning
  2. #18
    Lest it see more, prevent it. Out, vile jelly!
  3. #19
    Thou, Nature, art my goddess. To thy law
    My services are bound. Wherefore should I
    Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
    The curiosity of nations to deprive me
    For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
    Lag of a brother? why “bastard”? Wherefore “base”?
  4. #20
    Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
    My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty
    According to my bond; no more nor less.
  5. #21
    If it be you that stir these daughters’ hearts
    Against their father, fool me not so much
    To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger,
    And let not women’s weapons, water-drops,
    Stain my man’s cheeks! No, you unnatural hags,

    No, I’ll not weep.
    I have full cause of weeping, but this heart
    Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws,
    Or ere I’ll weep. O fool, I shall go mad!
  6. #22
    They told me I was everything: ‘tis a lie, I am no ague-proof.
  7. #23
    Howl, howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones!
    Had I your tongues and eyes, I’d use them so
    That heaven’s vault should crack. She’s gone forever.
    I know when one is dead and when one lives.
    She’s dead as earth.—Lend me a looking glass.
    If that her breath will mist or stain the stone,
    Why, then she lives.
  8. #24
    Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
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