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King Lear Quotes

11 of the best book quotes from King Lear
  1. #1
    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.
  2. #2
    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.
  3. #3
    How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
    To have a thankless child.—Away, away!
  4. #4
    When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down
    And ask of thee forgiveness.
  5. #5
    Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.
  6. #6
    Peace, Kent.
    Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
    I loved her most and thought to set my rest
    On her kind nursery
  7. #7
    “Oh, let me kiss his hand!”
    “Let me wipe it first. It smells of mortality.”
  8. #8
    I am a man
    More sinned against than sinning
  9. #9
    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!
  10. #10
    They told me I was everything: ‘tis a lie, I am no ague-proof.
  11. #11
    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.

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