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Merchant of Venice: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. "Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea/ Neither have I money nor commodity/ To raise a present sum; therefore go forth/ Try what my credit in Venice can do/ That shall be rack'd, even to the uttermost/ To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia." -Antonio, I.i.177.
  2. "I should stay with the Jew, my master, who (God bless the mark) is a kind of devil; and to/ run away from the Jew, I should be rul'd by the/ fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil him-/self.  Certainly the Jew is the very devil incarna-/ tion, and in my conscience, my conscience is but a/ kind of hard conscience, to offer to counsel me to/ stay with the Jew." -Launcelot, II.ii.23.
  3. "Alack, what heinous sin is it in me/ To be ashamed to be my father's child!/ But though I am a daughter to his blood/ I am not to his manners.  O Lornzo/ If thou keep promise, I shall end this strife/ Become a Christian and thy loving wife. -Jessica, II.iii.16.
  4. "This first, of gold, who this inscription bears,/ 'Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire'/ The second, silver, which this promise carries/ 'Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves'? This third, dull lead, with warning all as blunt/ 'Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.'" -Prince of Morocco, II.vii.3.
  5. "I am a Jew/ Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs/ dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with/ the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject/ to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means/ warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer/ as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?/ If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you/ poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" -Shylock, II.i.58.
  6. "I am a tainted whether of the flock/ Meetest for death; the weakest kind of fruit/ Drops earliest to the ground, and so let me/ You cannot better be employ'd Bassanio/ Than to live still and write mine epitaph." -Antonio, IV.i.113.
  7. "The quality of mercy is not strain'd/ It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven/ Upon the place beneath.  It is twice blest:/ It blesseth him that gives and him that takes/ 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest, it becomes/ The throned monarch better than his crown." -Portia, IV.i.183.
  8. "Antonio, I am married to a wife/ Which is as dear to me as life itself/ But life itself, my wife, and all the world/ Are not with me esteem'd above thy life/ I would lose all, ay, sacrafice them all/ Here to this devil, to deliver you." -Bassanio, IV.i.284.
  9. "Nay, take my life and all, pardon not that/ You take my house when you do take the prop/ That doth sustain my house; you take my life/ When you do take the means whereby I live." -Shylock, Iv.i.374.
  10. "This house, these servants, and this same myself/ are yours-my Lord's- I give thim with this ring/ Which when you part from, lose, or give away/ Let it presage the ruin of your love/ And be my vantage to exclaim on you." -Portia, III.ii.170.


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