Posts Tagged ‘the merchant of venice’

Shakespeare QuotesA stony adversary, an inhuman wretch,
Uncapable of pity, void, and empty
From any dram of mercy.
The Merchant of Venice, 4.1.4-6, Duke of Venice to Antonio, of Shylock


Shakespeare Quotes The quality of mercy is not strained,
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.
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.
The Merchant of Venice 4.1.182-195, Portia’s celebrated speech on mercy

Shakespeare Quotes To do a great right, do a little wrong.
The Merchant of Venice 4.1.214, Bassanio to Portia

Shakespeare QuotesThe court awards it, and the law doth give it.
The Merchant of Venice 4.1.298, Portia

Shakespeare Quotes They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.
The Merchant of Venice 1.2.5-6, Nerissa to Portia

Shakespeare Quotes The fiend is at mine elbow, and tempts me.
The Merchant of Venice 2.2.2-3, Launcelot Gobbo

Shakespeare QuotesWho chooseth me, shall gain what many men desire.
Who chooseth me, shall get as much as he deserves.
Who chooseth me, must give and hazard all he hath.
The Merchant of Venice 2.7.5,7,9, Prince of Morocco, reading the inscriptions on the gold, silver and lead caskets, one of which will award him Portia’s hand in marriage.

Shakespeare QuotesPORTIA Good sentences, and well pronounced.
NERISSA They would be better if well followed
The Merchant of Venice 1.2.10-11