Richard III Power Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Norton edition.
Why, this it is when men are rul'd by women (1.1.4)
Richard is speaking of Elizabeth and Jane Shore's power over King Edward IV. This is a hint that Richard views Edward as utterly weak and credulous. If he lets himself be controlled even by women, Richard definitely has a chance at persuading and controlling him.
Which done, God take King Edward to his mercy,
And leave the world for me to bustle in! (1.1.16)
This is a fascinating way to describe how Richard views power. It's less about self-advancement and superiority than just being able to scamper around doing wicked things. Again, it seems Richard delights in his naughtiness.
O God, which this blood mad'st, revenge his death!
O earth, which this blood drink'st, revenge his death!
Either, heav'n, with lightning strike the murd'rer dead;
Or, earth, gape open wide and eat him quick,
As thou dost swallow up this good king's blood,
Which his hell-govern'd arm hath butchered. (1.2.20)
Though Anne has every right to seek justice for Richard's evils, she calls out to a higher power to avenge her. She doesn't act herself, perhaps because she feels powerless in relation to Richard.