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Julius Caesar Quotes
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Set honour in one eye, and death i' th' other, and i will look on both indifferently; for let the gods so speed me as I love the name of honour more that I fear death.
Said by Brutus, talking to Cassius- Saying if you have me doing something and there is honor in one eye and death in the other, I will not run away. I love honor more than I fear death. I will do whatever I need to get honor, even at the risk of death. If it's anything that has to do with the welfare of people, I will face death to honor them. God knows I value my honor more that I fear death.
Why, man, he straddles the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Said by Cassius, talking to Brutus-
Men at some time are masters of their fates: the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Said by Cassius, talking to Brutus- Telling Brutus everybody at sometime in his/her life is in control of his/her life. If we don't get what we want we only have ourselves to blame.
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?
Said by Cassius, asking Brutus- What special food does Caesar eat to make him grow so great? What kind of food has he had that would allow him to be so great? Don't we all eat the same type of food? His point is that Caesar isn't any different than they are.
Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Said by Caesar, talking to Anthony- Caesar wants men that are preoccupied with life and all of its pleasantries, rather than ones that are envious of what others have. Caesar recognizes the potential danger is Cassius.
Such men as he be never at heart's ease whiles they behold a greater than themselves, and therefore are they very dangerous.
Said by Caesar, talking to Anthony- Men like him (talking about Cassius) are very dangerous when they are not the most powerful and when they are not at the top. They want what others have.
And why should Caesar be a tyrant then? Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf, but he sees the Romans are but sheep; he were no lion, were not Romans hinds.
Said by Cassius, talking to Casca- So why should Caesar be a tyrant? Cassius is coming up with a reason why Caesar is a tyrant. He believes it is Roman citizens' fault that Caesar has so much power. The public is allowing Caesar to be powerful.
O, he sits high in all the peoples hearts: and that which would appear offence in us his countenance, like richest alchemy, will change to virtue and to worthiness.
Said by Casca, talking to Cassius- Talking about Brutus, saying Brutus is loved + respected by the people of Rome. If they can get Brutus on their side and then kill Caesar, the killing of Caesar will no longer look like a crime.
And therefore think him as a serpent's egg, which hatch'd would, as his kind, grow mischievous, and kill him in the shell.
Said by Brutus, thinking out loud- Brutus talking about Caesar, comparing him to an unhatched snake, when hatched (when crowned) he will be dangerous. This is the main reason Brutus decides Caesar must be killed.
Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily. Let not out looks put on our purposes, but bear it as our Roman actors do, with untir'd spirits and formal constancy.
Said by Brutus, talking to all the conspirators- Telling them to hide what the are going to do with a happy face tomorrow, look relaxed, let's not have out faces show our purpose (talking about when they are going to kill Caesar). Act tomorrow like Roman actors. Gentlemen, look bright and cheerful. Don't let our faces show our intentions. Look the way our Roman actors do: relaxed and dignified.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
Said by Caesar, talking to his wife Calpurnia- Taking to wife who told him not to go to the capital, Caesar says that he isn't a coward and that he isn't afraid to take chances.
How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over, in states unborn, and accents yet unknown!
Said by Cassius, talking to conspirators- After killed Caesar, Cassius asks, how many times in the future, ages from now in new countries we don't even know, will our actions be recounted and glorified?
Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more
Said by Brutus, talking to townspeople- Brutus is saying that he loved Caesar, but he loves his country more. Patriotic statement.
His life was gentle and the elements, so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, "that was a man".
Said by Anthony, talking to towns people- Anthony and Brutus were friends, after Brutus' death, Antony says this about Brutus, indicating that Brutus displayed qualities of an ideal man.
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