Famous quotes

There are many well-known quotes in Richard II - here we've listed a few of them, in order of appearance in the play.

Richard: 'Forget, forgive, conclude, and be agreed: / Our doctors say this is no time to bleed.' (Act 1, Scene 1)

Richard: 'We were not born to sue, but to command;' (Act 1, Scene 1)

Richard: 'Why, uncle, thou hast many years to live'
John of Gaunt: 'But not a minute, King, that thou canst give.' (Act 1, Scene 3)

John of Gaunt: 'This royal throne of kings, this sceptr'd isle, / this earth of majesty, this seat of Mars' (Act 2, Scene 1)

John of Gaunt: 'Landlord of England art thou now, not King' (Act 2, Scene 1)

Green: 'The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself / And with uplifted arms is safely arrived / At Ravenspurgh.' (Act 2, Scene 2)

Bolingbroke: 'Come, lords, away. / To fight with Glyndwr and his complices. / A while to work and, after, holiday.' (Act 3, Scene 1)

Richard: 'Not all the water in the rough rude sea / Can wash the balm from an anointed king' (Act 3, Scene 2)

Richard: 'For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the death of kings' (Act 3, Scene 2)

Bolingbroke: 'See, see, King Richard doth himself appear, / As doth the blushing discontented sun / From out the fiery portal of the east' (Act 3, Scene 3)

Richard: 'What must the King do now? Must he submit? / The King shall do it.' (Act 3, Scene 3)

York: 'Great Duke of Lancaster, I come to thee / from plume-plucked Richard, who with willing soul / Adopts thee heir, and his high sceptre yields / To the possession of thy royal hand.' (Act 4, Scene 1)

Richard: 'With mine own tears I wash away my balm, / With mine own hands I give away my crown' (Act 4, Scene 1)

Bolingbroke: 'The shadow of thy sorrow hath destroyed / The shadow of thy face.' (Act 4, Scene 1)

Richard: 'Doubly divorced. Bad men, you violate / A twofold marriage; 'twixt my crown and me / And then betwixt me and my married wife.' (Act 5, Scene 1)

Exton: 'Dids't thou not mark the king, what words he spake - / 'Have I no friend will rid me of this living fear' (Act 5, Scene 4)

Richard: 'I wasted time, and now doth time waste me,' (Act 5, Scene 5)

Exton: 'For now the devil that told me I did well / Says that this deed is chronicled in hell. / The dead King to the living King I'll bear / Take hence the rest, and give them burial here.' (Act 5, Scene 5)

King Henry: 'Though I did wish him dead / I hate the murderer, love him murdered.' (Act 5, Scene 6)

King Henry: 'I'll make a voyage to the Holy Land / To wash this blood off from my guilty hand.' (Act 5, Scene 6)

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