Macbeth Quotes -

True reflections of the Inner Conflict of Modern Day Man

William Shakespeare, the world renowned Englishman playwright, poet and dramatist is thought by many to be the greatest ever English language writer. Born in 1564, his prose of that era often seems confusing to those lay people without a formal education or background in Literature. Famous quotes appear throughout all of his works and he was always masterful with his timeless wisdom and insights into the human condition.

This article discusses various quotes from Macbeth, drawing upon the relevance of these insights and on the parallels we can draw to their modern day meaning.

In the play, Ann Macbeth crystalizes her thoughtful concern with the words:
“Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full of the milk of human kindness”.

Essentially she is distressed with the notion that Macbeth is too soft, not sufficiently forceful and lacking in the resolve to kill Duncan. Indeed, almost all people are capable of killing another depending of the circumstances and the temperature of passions reining at the time.

Yet there also exist those who have such a tender nature, faint of heart and unable to avoid shrinking from base urges no matter how much they have been offended.

In the eyes of Ann, this is not Macbeth at his most sexy and passionate moment.

Macbeth Quotes such as:
"Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle. Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

In Act V, Scene V we hear the depressed words of Macbeth himself, about the futility of life. The tragic King to be, lamenting that life really has no meaning or higher purpose. That it is all over soon enough and without effect. It is very consistent of the tragedy of Macbeth that his words and demeanor are often depressed, morose and lack a passionate zeal for life.

Death is the predator, and no-one escapes its clutches, and Macbeth Quotes frequently allude to the futility of trying.

Of course many in the new genetic sciences now argue we are within reach of ending the death by aging paradigm. They argue for removing aging damage so that our bodies will regenerate endlessly so that we remain youthful adults. Even so, such sciences have no answer to accidentally walking in front of a bus or the murderous nature of others we may slight.

Macbeth quotations cause people to ponder their intended meaning. People reflect on the impact of the quotation. When Shakespeare quotes are fully digested and understood in context, the have modern-day meaning and we are able to benefit from his extraordinary understanding of the ordinary events in life. In this sense, he brings forth a vigor and passion for life that many of us fail to grasp.

To understand Shakespeare is to understand life.

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Macbeth Quotes


Fair is foul, and foul is fair;
Hover through the fog and filthy air.

Witches, Scene I


If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow, and which will not,

Banquo, Scene III


There's no art
To find the mind's construction in the face:
He was a gentleman on whom I built
An absolute trust.

Duncan, Scene IV

Stars, hide your fires!
Let not light see my black and deep desires.

Macbeth, Scene IV


Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it.

Lady Macbeth, Scene V

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

Macbeth, Scene VII


Macbeth Quotes


Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee;
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?
I see thee yet, in form as palpable
As this which now I draw.

Macbeth, Scene I


Infirm of purpose!
Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead
Are but as pictures. 'Tis the eye of childhood
That fears a painted devil.

Lady Macbeth, Scene II



Macbeth Quotes



Lady Macbeth: Are you a man?
Macbeth: Ay, and a bold one, that dare look on that
Which might appall the devil.

Scene IV




Macbeth Quotes


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Witches, Scene I

Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth.

Second Apparition, Scene I

When our actions do not,
Our fears do make us traitors.

Lady Macduff, Scene II

Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell;
Though all things foul would wear the brows of grace,
Yet grace must still look so.

Malcolm, Scene III


Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.

Malcolm, Scene III



Macbeth Quotes


Out, damned spot! out, I say!

Lady Macbeth, Scene I


What's done cannot be undone.

Lady Macbeth, Scene I


Then yield thee, coward,
And live to be the show and gaze o' the time.

Macduff, Scene VIII

Lay on, Macduff,
And damn'd be him that first cries, Hold, enough!

Macbeth, Scene VIII


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