Well-known quotes from Richard III in the order in which they appear in the play.

Anthony Sher as Richard III
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Now is the winter of our discontent 
Made glorious summer by this sun of York. 
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 1)

Grim-visaged War hath smoothed his wrinkled front. 
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 1)

This weak piping time of peace. 
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 1)

And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, 
To entertain these fair well-spoken days, 
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 1)

Was ever woman in this humour wooed? 
Was ever woman in this humour won? 
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 2)

Since every Jack became a gentleman 
There's many a gentle person made a Jack. 
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 3)

And thus I clothe my naked villany 
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ; 
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil. 
(Richard, Act 1 Scene 3)

So wise so young, they say, do never live long. 
(Richard, Act 3 Scene 1)

Talk'st thou to me of 'ifs'? Thou art a traitor: 
Off with his head! 
(Richard, Act 3 Scene 4)

I am not in the giving vein to-day. 
(Richard, Act 4 Scene 2)

Thou cam'st on earth to make the earth my hell. 
(Richard, Act 4 Scene 4)

Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end. 
(Duchess of York, Act 4 Scene 4)

An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told. 
(Richard, Act 4 Scene 4)

Harp not on that string. 
(Richard, Act 4 Scene 4)

True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings; 
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings. 
(Richmond, Act 5 Scene 2)

 Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
Devised at first to keep the strong in awe.
(Richard, Act 5 Scene 3)

The king's name is a tower of strength. 
(Richard, Act 5 Scene 3)

My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, 
And every tongue brings in a several tale, 
And every tale condemns me for a villain. 
(Richard, Act 5 Scene 3)

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse! 
(Richard, Act 5 Scene 4)

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