Macbeth quotes from act 1

Fair is foul, and foul is fair. – The Witches

So foul and fair a day I have not seen. – Macbeth

What are these, / So withered and so wild in their attire? – Banquo

Speak, if you can: what are you? – Banquo

Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more. – Macbeth

Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. – First Witch

Not so happy, yet much happier. – Second Witch

All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! – Third Witch

If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, / Without my stir. – Macbeth

The Thane of Cawdor lives. – Duncan

Let not light see my black and deep desires. – Macbeth

Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires. – Macbeth

Nothing in his life / Became him like the leaving it. – Captain

Unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty! – Lady Macbeth

Look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under’t. – Lady Macbeth

Yet do I fear thy nature; / It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness. – Lady Macbeth

Art thou afeard / To be the same in thine own act and valor / As thou art in desire? – Lady Macbeth

Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here. – Lady Macbeth

Come to my woman’s breasts, / And take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers. – Lady Macbeth

It is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing. – Macbeth

Yet do I repent me of my fury, / That I did kill them. – Macbeth

Had I but died an hour before this chance, / I had lived a blessed time. – Macbeth

O, never / Shall sun that morrow see! – Macbeth

Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? – Macbeth

Or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation, / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? – Macbeth

These deeds must not be thought / After these ways; so, it will make us mad. – Lady Macbeth

What beast was’t, then, / That made you break this enterprise to me? – Lady Macbeth

I dare do all that may become a man; / Who dares do more is none. – Macbeth

Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst! – Macbeth

Whence is that knocking? / How is’t with me, when every noise appals me? – Macbeth

To know my deed, ’twere best not know myself. – Macbeth

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece! – Macduff

There’s daggers in men’s smiles. – Donalbain

I am in blood / Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o’er. – Macbeth

O horror, horror, horror! / Tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee! – Macduff

What man dare, I dare. – Lady Macbeth

Yet here’s a spot. – Lady Macbeth

Out, damned spot! Out, I say! – Lady Macbeth

I have given suck, and know / How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. – Lady Macbeth

Here’s the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. – Lady Macbeth

But screw your courage to the sticking place, / And we’ll not fail. – Lady Macbeth

What’s done is done. – Lady Macbeth

Double, double, toil and trouble; / Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. – The Witches

By the pricking of my thumbs, / Something wicked this way comes. – Second Witch

Fair is foul, and foul is fair. – The Witches.

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