King Lear: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. "You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit: Obey you, love you, and most honor you. Why have my sisters' husbands if they say They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed, That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and duty. Sure I shall never marry like my sisters To love my father all."
    Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 106-115
    Cordelia telling her father and the court how much she loves him. She is the only one of her sisters that actually speaks the truth.
  2. ".And your large speeches may your deeds approve, That good effects may spring from words of love."
    Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 209-211
    Kent after he is banished talking to the sisters about showing their love through their actions. 
  3. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child"
    Act 1, Scene 4, Lines 302-303
  4. "When we our betters see baring our woes We scarcely think our miseries our foes"
    Act 3, Scene 7, Lines 111-112
    Edgar says after spending time with the insane king. 
  5. "If she live long And in the end meet the old course of death Women will all turn monsters"
    Act 3, Scene 7, Lines 125
    One servant to another talking about Regan.
  6. "A man may see how this world Goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears."
    Act 4, Scene 6, Lines 165-166
    Lear says to Gloucester in one of his moments of reason
  7. "Through tattered clothes small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold, And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks."
    Act 4, Scene 6, Lines 180-183
  8. "Reason in madness!"
    Act 4, Scene 6, Line 193
    Edgar exclaims after listening to the king. 
  9. "We are not the first Who with best meaning have incurred the worst"
    Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 4-5
    Cordelia tells her father to comfort him. 
  10. "Break, heart, I prithee, break"
    Act 5, Scene 7, Line 378
    Kent exclaims when Cordelia and the King die.

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