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Othello Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Othello
  1. #1
    “Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    concepts
    soullove
  2. #2
    “My noble father,
    I do perceive here a divided duty.
    To you I am bound for life and education.
    My life and education both do learn me
    How to respect you. You are the lord of duty.
    I am hitherto your daughter. But here’s my
    husband,
    And so much duty as my mother showed
    To you, preferring you before her father,
    So much I challenge that I may profess
    Due to the Moor my lord.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Desdemona
    concept
    loyalty
  3. #3
    “Let heaven and men and devils, let them all,
    All, all, cry shame against me, yet I’ll speak.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Emilia
    concept
    Defiance
  4. #4
    “She, in spite of nature,
    Of years, of country, credit, every thing,
    To fall in love with what she feared to look on!
    It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect
    That will confess perfection so could err
    Against all rules of nature.”
  5. #5
    “O curse of marriage,
    That we can call these delicate creatures ours
    And not their appetites! I had rather be a toad
    And live upon the vapor of a dungeon
    Than keep a corner in the thing I love
    For others’ uses. Yet ‘tis the plague of great ones;
    Prerogatived are they less than the base.
    ‘Tis destiny unshunnable, like death.
    Even then this forked plague is fated to us
    When we do quicken.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Othello
    concept
    Infidelity
  6. #6
    “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Cassio
    concept
    reputation
  1. #7
    “She loved me for the dangers I had passed,
    And I loved her that she did pity them.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    characters
    DesdemonaOthello
    concept
    love
  2. #8
    “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
    Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.”
  3. #9
    “Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
    Yet, for necessity of present life,
    I must show out a flag and sign of love—
    Which is indeed but sign.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Iago
    concept
    betrayal
  4. #10
    “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
    For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.”
  5. #11
    “Our bodies are our gardens,
    to the which our wills are gardeners.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Iago
    concept
    Human Nature
  6. #12
    “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy:
    It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    characters
    IagoOthello
    concept
    jealousy

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  1. #13
    “I kissed thee ere I killed thee: no way but this,
    Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    characters
    OthelloDesdemona
    concept
    love
  2. #14
    “Then must you speak
    Of one that loved not wisely but too well.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Othello
    concept
    love
  3. #15
    “I am glad I have found this napkin.
    This was her first remembrance from the Moor.
    My wayward husband hath a hundred times
    Wooed me to steal it. But she so loves the token
    (For he conjured her she should ever keep it)
    That she reserves it evermore about her
    To kiss and talk to. I’ll have the work ta’en out
    And give ‘t Iago. What he will do with it
    Heaven knows, not I.
    I nothing but to please his fantasy.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Emilia
    concept
    marriage
  4. #16
    “Let him do his spite.
    My services which I have done the signiory
    Shall out-tongue his complaints. ‘Tis yet to know
    (Which, when I know that boasting is an honor,
    I shall promulgate) I fetch my life and being
    From men of royal siege, and my demerits
    May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune
    As this that I have reached.”
  5. #17
    “Ay, let her rot, and perish and be damned
    tonight, for she shall not live. No, my heart is turned
    to stone. I strike it, and it hurts my hand. O, the
    world hath not a sweeter creature! She might lie by
    an emperor’s side and command him tasks.”
  6. #18
    “All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven.
    ‘Tis gone.
    Arise, black vengeance, from the hollow hell!”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Othello
    concept
    menacing
  7. #19
    “Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see.
    She has deceived her father, and may thee.”
  8. #20
    “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know.
    From this time forth I never will speak word.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Othello
    character
    Iago
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