King Lear- Quotes by Act


Act 1

  • "Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty"- Gonerill, Scene 1
  • "Nothing will come of nothing"- Lear, 
  • "If for I want that glib and oily art"- Cordelia 
  • "Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides"- Cordelia 
  • Thou Nature art my goddess"- Edmond Scene 2
  • "Now God's stand up for bastards"- Edmond
  • "Authority"- Kent Scene 4
  • "Where are his eyes"-Lear
  • "A little to disquantity your train"- Gonerill
  • "More hideous...than the sea monster"- Lear
  • "Hear Nature Hear"- Lear 
  • "How sharper than the serpents tooth it is"- Lear
  • "I did her wrong"- Lear Scene 5
  • Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise"- Fool
  • "O Let me not be mad"- Lear
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Act 2

  • "Was he not companion.... that tended upon my father"- Regan Scene 1
  • "Needful counsel to our business"- Regan
  • "I am no flatterer"- Kent Scene 2
  • Till night...and all night too"- Regan
  • "I know tis from Cordelia"- Kent
  • "Basest and poorest shape"- Edgar Scene 3
  • "Edgar I nothing am"- Edgar
  • "Not in the stocks fool"- Fool
  • "Not ourselves when neature commands the mind to suffer with the body"- Lear
  • "My rising heart! But down."-Lear
  • "O Regan will you take her my the hand?"- Lear
  • "I gave you all"- Lear "And in good time you have it"- Regan
  • "What need one?"- Regan
  • "Shut up your doors"- Regan
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Act 3

  • "None but the fool...labours to out-jest his heart struck injuries"- Gentleman Scene 1
  • "Alack bare headed?"- Kent Scene 2
  • "The art of our necessities is strange and can make vile things precious"- Lear
  • "The younger rises when the old doth fall"- Edmond Scene 3
  • "When the minds free, the body's delicate"- Lear Scene 4
  • "Come, unbutton here"- Lear 
  • "My tears begin to take his part...they mar my counterfitting"- Edgar Scene 6
  • "Hang him instantly"- Regan Scene 7
  • "Pluck out his eyes"- Gonerill
  • [plucks Gloucester's beard]- Regan
  • "I am tied to the stake and I must stand the course"- Gloucester
  • "One side will mock another, the other too"- Regan
  • "Out vile jelly"-Cornwall
  • "I have recieved a hurt"- Cornwall
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Act 4

  • "Better...known to be condemned, than...condemned and flattered"- Edgar Scene 1
  • " I have no way and therefore want no eyes"- Gloucester
  • "I stumbled when I saw"- Gloucester
  • "My fool usurps my body"- Gonerill Scene 2
  • "May all the building in my fancy pluck upon my hateful life"- Gonerill
  • "As mad as the vexed sea"- Cordelia
  • Crowned with rank fumitor and furrow weeds"- Cordelia
  • "All you unpublished virtues of the earth"- Cordelia
  • "Why I do trifle thus with his despair is done to cure it"- Edgar Scene 5
  • "They told me I was everything; tis a lie, I am not ague proof"- Lear
  • "Robes and furred gowns hide all"- Lear
  • "When we are born, we cry thart we are come to this great stage of fools"- Lear
  • "I make that you know me not"- Kent Scene 6
  • "I am bound upon a wheel of fire..."-Lear
  • "I should even die with pity to see another thus"- Lear
  • "No cause, No Cause"- Cordelia
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Act 5

  • "For my state, stands on me to defend, not to debate"- Edmond Scene 1
  • "We two alone will sing like birds in the cage"- Lear Scene 3
  • "If thou dost as this instructs hee, thou dost make thy way to noble fortunes"- Edmond 
  • "Sick O sick"- Regan
  • "My name is Edgar and thy fathers son"- Edgar
  • "The wheel is come full circle"- Edmond
  • "It came from the heart of- O she's dead"- Gentleman
  • "...Burst smilingly"- Edgar
  • "I was contracted to them both, all there now marry in an instant"- Edmond
  • "Howl, howl, howl..."- Lear
  • "Look her lips. Look there, look there"- Lear
  • "Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say"- Edgar
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