Cymbeline: Top Ten Quotes
Posthumus, who believes his wife is unfaithful, regrets that men need women at all.
"Is there no way for men to be, but women
Must be half-workers?" Act 2, scene 4, lines 153-54
Cloten expresses his contempt for the idea that Britons should pay a tribute to Rome.her Julius. Britain is
A world by itself, and we will nothing pay
For wearing our own noses." Act 3, scene 1, lines 12-14
Imogen wishes she could instantly be reunited with her husband, who is in a distant town.
"O, for a horse with wings!" Act 3, scene 2, line 49
Arviragus laments to his adoptive father Belarius his lack of experience of the world beyond the cave in the Welsh hills where they live.
"What should we speak of
When we are old as you? When we shall hear
The rain and wind beat dark December, how,
In this our pinching cave, shall we discourse
The freezing hours away?" Act 3, scene 3, lines 35-38
Imogen reflects that prosperous people who lie commit a greater sin than poor people who lie out of need.
"To lapse in fullness
Is sorer than to lie for need, and falsehood
Is worse in kings than beggars." Act 3, scene 6, lines 12-14
After Imogen's supposed death and Cloten's real death, Belarius says that heavy sorrows put the lesser ones into perspective.
"Great griefs, I see, med'cine the less." Act 4, scene 2, line 243
Belarius observes that though in death all men, poor and powerful, come to the same dust, yet the custom of reverence, the power that keeps peace in the world, accords more respect to the powerful.
"Though mean and mighty, rotting
Together, have one dust, yet reverence
(That angel of the world) doth make distinction
Of place 'tween high, and low." Act 4, scene 2, lines 246-49
Guiderius states his opinion that the mean and the mighty are due equal treatment when dead.
"Thersites' body is as good as Ajax's,
When neither are alive." Act 4, scene 2, lines 252-53
The funeral dirge for Imogen, sung by Guiderius.
"Fear no more the heat o' th' sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages,
Though thy worldy task hast done,
Home art gone and ta'en thy wages
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust." Act 4, scene 2, lines 258-263
Posthumus's words to his wife Imogen when they are finally reunited.
"Hang there like fruit, my soul
Till the tree die." Act 5, scene 5, lines 263-64
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- Act 1 Scene 1
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- Act 1 Scene 3
- Act 1 Scene 4
- Act 1 Scene 5
- Act 1 Scene 6
- Act 1 Scene 7
- Act 2 Scene 1
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- Act 2 Scene 3
- Act 2 Scene 4
- Act 3 Scene 1
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- Act 3 Scene 3
- Act 3 Scene 4
- Act 3 Scene 5
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- Act 3 Scene 7
- Act 3 Scene 8
- Act 4 Scene 1
- Act 4 Scene 2
- Act 4 Scene 3
- Act 4 Scene 4
- Act 5 Scene 1
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- Act 5 Scene 3
- Act 5 Scene 4
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