Famous quotes

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Here are some well-known quotes from Antony and Cleopatra in the order in which they appear in the play:

'...and you shall see in him
The triple pillar of the world transformed
Into a strumpet's fool'
(Philo, Act 1 Scene 1)

'Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch
Of the ranged empire fall: here is my space'
(Antony, Act 1 Scene 1)

'O, happy horse, to bear the weight of Antony'
(Cleopatra, Act 1 Scene 5)

'My salad days
When I was green in judgement, cold in blood.'
(Cleopatra, Act 1 Scene 5)

'Age cannot wither her, not custom
Stale her infinite variety:'
(Enobarbus, Act 2 Scene 2)

'Egypt, thou know'st too well
My heart was to thy rudder tied by th'strings
And thou shouldst tow me after.'
(Antony, Act 3 Scene 11)

'I found you as morsel cold upon
Dead Caesar's trencher'
(Antony, Act 3 Scene 13)

'The odds is gone
And there is nothing left remarkable
Beneath the visiting moon'
(Cleopatra, Act 4 Scene 15)

'Antony shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness
I'th'posture of a whore'
(Cleopatra, Act 5 Scene 2)

'Now boast thee, death, in thy possession lies
A lass unparalleled'
(Charmian, Act 5 Scene 2)

'She shall be buried by her Antony
No grave upon the earth shall clip in it
A pair so famous.'
(Octavius, Act 5 Scene 2)

Compiled by Kath Bradley, MPhil (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) © RSC
Kath has worked for the RSC in a variety of roles since 2005.
Photo by Reg Wilson shows Richard Johnson (Antony) and Janet Suzman (Cleopatra) in the RSC's 1972 production directed by Trevor Nunn © Reg Wilson Collection

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