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The Tempest: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. "I have done nothing but in care of thee,
    thee, my dear one, thee, my daughter, who
    art ignorant of what thou art, naught knowing
    of whence I am, or that I am more better
    Than Prospero, master of a full poor cell,
    And thy no greater father."
    Act 1, Sc. 1, Lines 19-24
  2. "You taught me language, and my profit on 't
    Is I know how to curse"
    Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 437-438
    Caliban says when speaking of Prospero's teaching
  3. "Why speaks my father so urgently, this
    is the third man I e'er saw, the first
    that e'er I sighed for.  Pity move my father
    to be inclined my way."
    Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 534-537
    Miranda speaking of her adoration for Ferdinand.
  4. "Thy case, dear friend,
    Shall be my precedent: as though got'st Milan,
    I'll come by Naples. Draw thy sword.  One stroke
    Shall free thee from the tribute which thou payest,
    And I the king shall love thee."
    Act 2 Sc. 1 Lines 332-336
    Sebastian says to Antonio after deciding to kill his brother for the throne. 
  5. "There be some sports are painful, and their labor
    Delight in them sets off; some kinds of baseness
    Are nobly undergone; and most poor matters
    Point to rich ends.  This my mean task
    Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
    The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead
    And makes my labors pleasures."
    Act 3, Sc. 1 Lines 1-7
    Ferdinand talking about his enslavement and his love of Miranda.
  6. "Do you love me?"
    Act 3, Sc. 1, Line 80
    Miranda asks Ferdinand
  7. "Thou shalt be lord of it, and I'll serve thee."
    Act 3, Sc. 2, Line 64
    Caliban tells Stephano when trying to get him to take the island from Prospero.
  8. "We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep."
    Act 4, Sc. 1, Lines 173-175
    Prospero talking to Ferdinand about his marriage to Miranda
  9. "Let them be hunted soundly.  At this hour
    Lies at my mercy all mine enemies.
    Shortly shall my labors end, and thou
    Shalt have the air at freedom.  For a little
    Follow and do me service."
    Act 4, Sc. 1 Lines 291-295
    Prospero speaking with Ariel about finishing his revenge and freeing his fairy servant.
  10. "Though with their high wrongs I am stuck to th'
    quick,
    Yet with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury
    Do I take part.  The rarer action is
    In virtue than in vengeance."
    Act 5, Sc. 1 Lines 32-36
    Prospero deciding to spare his foes of his great vengeance. 



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