Know Your Othello Quotes:

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Have you ever found yourself surrounded by treacherous rivals, peers, underlings or loved ones?
Have you ever met a person who will tell you a lie, when telling the truth is clearly easier?
Are you unsure of who to believe or what to make of the mysterious outcomes of events happening around you, when their outcomes should be simplicity itself?
Why do we associate a person’s smile as a happy event, and that they are somehow respectful and pleased to see us? It is more likely they are baring their fangs of deception, consumed by their hunger to inflict evil upon us and at the very least they are hiding behind a mask what is really on their mind.

That’s all too cynical you say? In fact deception is everywhere in nature, yet betrayal it seems is at the core of the human condition.

The Animal Kingdom will use subterfuge and deceit in order to ambush its prey for dinner, and when the early bird catches the worm, there’s no point in the worm complaining that life is not fair. With humans however, it is clear that they have ulterior motives for almost everything they do. Humans have an innate appetite for the demise of those close to them. Be it for revenge over perceived slights, jealousies over wealth, privilege or the passions of another, we need look no further than quotes from Othello to see what could be on the menu for your life.

The famous quotes from William Shakespeare are often worthy of repeating out loud during reflective moments and as you meditate on some new information to hand. While we are all instinctively aware that we should not shoot the messenger, in fact it is often the messenger who should be dispatched eternally. Often it is the messenger who seeks to manipulate us toward their own hidden agenda. There’s always a twist in the message, if only to garner a larger tip for reward.

And so, Othello quotes are worthy of remembering and saying out loud for suspected perpetrators and would be assassins to hear. The play is substantially about love (otherwise known to be a drug produced by our brain that causes blindness, irrationality and insanity), jealousy (a favorite of for the petty-minded who just don’t know how to get over it) and revenge (when only ruthless spite will do). Othello quotes uttered to the messenger will at the very least be repeated to others, and the mysterious awe of your reputation for being astute will grow, as much as it will perplex and confuse those tempted to conspire against you.

Shakespeare quotes are timeless and known for their beauty, insightful wisdom and relevance to modern day life. Never be fooled that Shakespeare is only about day dreaming romances. When you hear a quotation from the famous Othello, by all means act innocent and unknowing. For anyone skilled with Othello quotes has contemplated the tragedy of revenge, greed and betrayal, and either suspects you of same, or could be considered deeply skilled in the black arts, otherwise known by the Chinese as “thick face, black heart”.

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Othello Quotes

Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end:
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

Iago, scene I


Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them.

Othello, scene II


She lov'd me for the dangers I had pass'd,
And I lov'd her that she did pity them.

Othello, scene III


Thus do I ever make my fool my purse.

Iago, scene III


To mourn a mischief that is past and gone

Is the next way to draw new mischief on

Scene III





Othello Quotes


If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have waken'd death!

Othello, scene i

Knavery's plain face is never seen till us'd.

Iago, scene i

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving.

Iago, scene iii

And what's he then that says I play the villain?

Iago, scene iii



Othello Quotes


Men should be what they seem;
Or those that be not, would they might seem none!

Iago, scene iii


O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

Iago, scene iii

Think'st thou I'd make a life of jealousy,
To follow still the changes of the moon
With fresh suspicions? No; to be once in doubt,
Is once to be resolved.

Othello, scene iii

She did deceive her father, marrying you;
And when she seem'd to shake and fear your looks
She lov'd them most.

Iago, scene iii

Othello, scene iii

Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore,
Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof;
Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul,
Thou hadst been better have been born a dog
Than answer my wak'd wrath.

Othello, scene iii

'Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
They eat us hungerly, and when they are full,
They belch us.

Emilia, scene iv



Othello Quotes


Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?

Emilia, scene iii



Othello Quotes


Put out the light, and then put out the light.

Othello, scene ii


Demand me nothing: what you know, you know:
From this time forth I never will speak word.

Iago, scene ii


I kissed thee ere I killed thee, no way but this,
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.

Othello quotes, scene ii




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