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King Lear

King Lear


by William Shakespeare

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King Lear Quotes

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Family Quotes

I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall. (1.1.1)

Power Quotes

Meantime we shall express our darker purpose. Give me the map there. Know that we have divided In three our kingdom: (1.1.2)

Justice Quotes

LEAR […] O heavens! If you do love old men, if your sweet sway Show obedience, if you yourselves are old, Make it your cause. Send down, and take my part! (2.4.26)

Language and Communication Quotes

Tell me, my daughters,-- Since now we will divest us both of rule, Interest of territory, cares of state,-- Which of you shall we say doth love us most? That we our largest bounty may extend Where...

Gender Quotes

Hear, nature, hear; dear goddess, hear! Suspend thy purpose, if thou didst intend To make this creature fruitful! Into her womb convey sterility! Dry up in her the organs of increase; And from her...

Society and Class Quotes

Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom, and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base?...

Loyalty Quotes

Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, loved me: I Return those duties back as are right fit, Obey you, love you, and most honour you. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say They love you all...

Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

REGAN […] Shut up your doors: He is attended with a desperate train; And what they may incense him to, being apt To have his ear abused, wisdom bids fear. CORNWALL Shut up your doors, my lord...

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