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King Lear King Lear by William Shakespeare
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“Tis the times' plague, when madmen lead the blind.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“More fools know Jack Fool than Jack Fool knows.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
tags: humor
“These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend
no good to us: though the wisdom of nature can
reason it thus and thus, yet nature finds itself
scourged by the sequent effects: love cools,
friendship falls off, brothers divide: in
cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in
palaces, treason; and the bond cracked 'twixt son
and father. This villain of mine comes under the
prediction; there's son against father: the king
falls from bias of nature; there's father against
child. We have seen the best of our time:
machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all
ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our
graves. Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall
lose thee nothing; do it carefully. And the
noble and true-hearted Kent banished! his
offence, honesty! 'Tis strange.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
"He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health,
a boy's love, or a whore's oath."
King Lear (III, vi, 19-21)”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness. So we’ll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news, and we’ll talk with them too—
Who loses and who wins, who’s in, who’s out—
And take upon ’s the mystery of things
As if we were God’s spies.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“This feather stirs; she lives! if it be so, it is a chance which does redeem all sorrows that ever I have felt.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“O, reason not the need!”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Through tattered clothes great vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold and the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks. Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich, being poor;
Most choice, forsaken; and most loved, despised!
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon:
Be it lawful I take up what's cast away.
Gods, gods! 'tis strange that from their cold'st neglect
My love should kindle to inflamed respect.
Thy dowerless daughter, king, thrown to my chance,
Is queen of us, of ours, and our fair France:
Not all the dukes of waterish Burgundy
Can buy this unprized precious maid of me.
Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind:
Thou losest here, a better where to find.”
William Shakespeare , King Lear
“Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“All dark and comfortless.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Proper deformity shows not in the fiend
So horrid as in woman.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Love and be silent.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Jesters do oft prove prophets.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Cordelia! stay a little. Ha! What is't thou say'st? Her voice was ever soft.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“I cannot heave my heart into my mouth. I love your majesty according to my bond; no more no less.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
Where's the king?

Contending with the fretful elements;
Bids the wind blow the earth into the sea,
Or swell the curled waters 'bove the main,
That things might change or cease; tears his white hair,
Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage,
Catch in their fury and make nothing of;
Strives in his little world of man to outscorn
The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.
This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear would couch,
The lion and the belly-pinched wolf
Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs,
And bids what will take all.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“And the creature run from the cur? There thou mightst behold the great image of authority: a dog’s obeyed in office.
Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand.
Why dost thou lash that whore? Strip thine own back.
Thou hotly lust’st to use her in that kind
For which thou whipp’st her. The usurer hangs the cozener.
Through tattered clothes great vices do appear;
Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold,
And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks.
Arm it in rags, a pigmy’s straw does pierce it.
None does offend—none, I say, none. I’ll able 'em.
Take that of me, my friend, who have the power
To seal th' accuser’s lips. Get thee glass eyes,
And like a scurvy politician seem
To see the things thou dost not.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Poor naked wretches, whereso'er you are,
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you
From seasons such as these? O, I have ta'en
Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp;
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
That thou mayst shake the superflux to them,
And show the heavens more just.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all?”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“O! That way madness lies.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile;
Filths savour but themselves...”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Thou art the thing itself: unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor bare, forked animal as thou art.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
tags: animal, man
“Fare thee well, king: sith thus thou wilt appear,
Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Fortune love you.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Nor are those empty-hearted whose low sound reverbs no hollowness.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Now, gods, stand up for bastards!”
William Shakespeare, King Lear
“Thou losest here, a better where to find.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear