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Ambition quotes, Macbeth Quotes Act 4
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It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul's flight, if it find heaven, must find it out tonight.
(Macbeth soliloquy) Macbeth has successfully arranged Banquo's death.
We've scorched the snake, not killed it.
(Macbeth to Lady Macbeth) They cannot stop their violence because the need for power will never end.
Things bad begun make themselves strong by ill.
(Macbeth to Lady Macbeth) The only way to make this right is by continuing to attack.
Some holy angel fly to the court of England and unfold his message ere he come.
(Lennox to lord) Macduff has gone to England to get troops for overthrowing Macbeth.
My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white.
(Lady Macbeth to Macbeth) Lady Macbeth says that she has finished the plan but is not ashamed or afraid like her husband.
(Duncan to Ross) The Thane of Cawdor was a traitor to Scotland and will be killed for it, where his land will be given to Macbeth.
No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest. Go pronounce his present death.
(Witch 1 to the other witches) The witches can torture and play with fate, but they cannot kill people.
Though his bark cannot be lost, yet it can be tempest tossed.
(Macbeth to Banquo) Echos the first words said by the witches. It is a fair day because they have one, but it is a foul day due to weather and all the deaths. It is more doublespeak.
So fair and foul a day I have not seen.
(Witches to Macbeth) After Macbeth is thane of both Glamis and Cawdor, he will end up king of Scotland.
All hail Macbeth, that shall be king hereafter!
(Banquo to Witches) Banquo wants his fortune told too. He has disdain for the witches but wants to know. He is a good foil for Macbeth. When Macbeth gets a good prediction, he becomes ruthless. Banquo stays loyal and dies.
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me.
(Witches to Banquo) His sons may be kings, but he will not be one.
Thou shalt get Kings, though thou be none.
(Banquo to Macbeth) Banquo is developing suspicion of the witches' fortunes and thinks perhaps they should not be heeded. The witches are classified as dark beings, not just supernatural ones.
But 'tis strange; and oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray us in deepest consequence.
(Malcolm to Duncan) Talking about traitorous Thane of Cawdor. The best thing he ever did was die repenting and not putting up a fight.
Nothing in his life became like him leaving it.
(Duncan to Malcolm) It is impossible to tell a person's true thoughts. There is no way to tell if somebody is merely a good actor. This is ironic since the Thane of Cawdor and Macbeth both managed to fool Duncan.
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
(Duncan to Macbeth) Duncan claims credit for Macbeth's success and wants to make sure he stays successful.
I have begun to plant thee, and will labor to make thee full of growing.
(Macbeth to stars) Macbeth, despite Duncan's kindness, wants to murder his way to the throne.
Stars, hide your fires: Let not lights see my black and deep desires.
(Lady Macbeth soliloquy) She thinks Macbeth is too kind to be king. He doesn't have the killer instinct to get to the top.
Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full of the milk of human kindness.
(Lady Macbeth soliloquy) Asks the spirits to dehumanize or dewomanize her. She wants to be free of any sympathy or weakness.
Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here.
(Lady Macbeth to Macbeth) Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth how he should make sure his face should not be readable when he goes through with the murder.
Your face...is as a book where men may read strange matters.
(Lady Macbeth to Macbeth) Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to look innocent but strike quickly like a serpent.
Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it.
(Macbeth soliloquy) He has no reason to hate or kill Duncan except his own ambitions; Duncan is a good king and cousin
I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition.
(Lady Macbeth to Macbeth) Encourages Macbeth one more time to kill Duncan. This also refers to a lute(a guitar like instrument). She is also, in a way, saying she is playing Macbeth.
But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we will not fail.
(Macbeth to Lady Macbeth) Macbeth admits his heart has failed and now he will go because of the guilt that will follow.
False face must hide what false heart doth know.
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes"
(Three witches) After the potion is complete the witches are expecting the arrival of Macbeth.
"Beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife"
(First apparition to Macbeth)The first apparition confirms Macbeth's suspicions of Macduff, and makes him want to kill Macduff.
"Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the pow'r of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth"
(Second apparition to Macbeth) The apparition allays the fears Macbeth has because according to the apparition, no man born of woman can harm Macbeth. Macbeth should laugh at the power of man. Macbeth cannot be defeated by a human.
"Be lion-mettled, proud and take no care who chafes, who frets, or where consipers are. Macbeth shall never be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him"
(Third apparition to Macbeth) The only way Macbeth can be defeated is if Birnam Wood travels to Dunsinane which is 12 miles. This bolsters Macbeth's confidence because it seems impossible for the woods to move.
"From this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand"
(Macbeth) He says this in response to hearing that Macduff had fled to England and is angered in his desire to kill Macduff. He is angry at himself for waiting to kill him when he had doubts. He vows that he will act immediately on his impulses instead of thinking.
"I am young; but something you may discern of through me, and wisdom to offer up a weak, poor innocent lamb t' appease angry god"
(Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm shows his skeptical nature. He thinks that Macduff may betray Malcolm in order to receive a reward from Macbeth.
"Perchance even there where I did find my doubts. Why in that rawness left you wife and child, those precious motives, those strong knots of live, without leave-taking"
(Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm is especially suspicious of Macduff because he left his wife and children unprotected at home when he fled to England.
"... black Macbeth will seem as pure as snow, and the poor state esteem as a lamb, being compared with my confineless harms"
(Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm tells Macduff a series of fictitious vices that Malcolm says make Macbeth seem pure as snow, in comparison to Malcolm.
"But I have none. The king-becoming graces, as justice, verity, temp'rance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, I have no relish of them, but abound in the division of each several crime, acting it many ways"
(Malcolm to Macduff) Malcolm claims that he lacks all of the virtues appropriate to being a king. He states that his crimes are abundant and varied.
"... this noble passion child of integrity, hath from my soul wiped the black scruples, reconciled my thoughts to thy good truth and honor"
(Malcolm to Macduff) Convinced that Macduff would support the right king, Malcolm tells Macduff that the vices were untrue and tells Macduff that he is truthful and honorable.
"Front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself. Within my sword's length set him"
(Macduff to Malcolm) After being told by Malcolm to convert his grief to anger, he shows his desire to get revenge on Macbeth. He wants no delay to keep him from face to face combat with Macbeth.