King Lear Quotes

Lear: Since now we will divest us both of rule, interest of territory, cares of state,
which of you shall we say doth love us most (1.1.48-50)
Nothing can be made out of nothing. (1.4.131)
I prithee, daughter, do not make me mad. (2.4.210)
I am a man more sinned against than sinning. (3.2.59-60)
I am old and foolish. (4.6.80)
I might have saved her; now she's gone forever! (5.3.246)

Cordelia: Nothing, my lord. (1.1.86)
No cause, no cause. (4.6.72)

Kent: See better, Lear, and let me still remain the true blank of thine eye. (1.1.157-158)
I have a journey, sire, shortly to go: my master calls me (5.3.298-299)

France: Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich being poor (1.1.250)

Edmund: Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land. (1.2.16)
Which of them shall I take? Both, one, or neither? Neither can be enjoyed if both remain alive. (5.1.47-49)
He hath commission from thy wife and me to hang Cordelia in the prison, and to lay the blame upon her own despair (5.3.228-230)

Gloucester: Find out this villain, Edmund. It shall lose thee nothing. (1.2.112-113)
I loved him, friend; no father his son dearer. (3.4.166-167)
If Edgar live, O bless him! (4.5.40)

Fool: Speak less than thou knowest (1.4.118)
Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise. (1.5.42-43)
Marry, here's grace and a codpiece, that's a wise man and a fool. (3.2.40-41)

Edgar: My face I'll grime with filth, blanket my loins, elf all my hairs in knots, and with presented nakedness outface the winds and persecutions of the sky. (2.3.9-12)
Who gives anything to Poor Tom, whom the foul fiend hath led through fire and through flame (3.4.51-52)
Reason in madness. (4.5.173)
A plot upon her virtuous husband's life, and the exchange my brother. (4.5.268-269)
Thou art a traitor, false to thy gods, thy brother, and thy father (5.3.125-126)

Cornwall: Shut up your doors, my lord; 'tis a wild night. (2.4.301-302)

Goneril: Pluck out his eyes. (3.7.5)
This kiss, if it durst speak, would stretch thy spirits up into the air. (4.2.22-23)

Regan: If you do chance to hear of that blind traitor, preferment falls on him that cuts him off. (4.5.39-40)
Jesters do oft prove prophets. (5.3.65)
My sickness grows upon me. (5.3.98)

Albany: Edmund, I arrest thee on capital treason. (5.3.76-77)
Friends of my soul, you twain rule in this realm (5.3.296-297)

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