A list of quotes from Othello, Shakespeare's well-known tragedy about jealousy and deception.

The cast of Othello 2015
The company of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan in 2015
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But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
(Iago, Act 1 Scene 1)

Even now, now, very now, an old black ram
Is tupping your white ewe.
(Iago, Act 1 Scene 1)

She wished she had not heard it, yet she wished
That heaven had made her such a man.
(Othello, Act 1 Scene 3)

My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty.
To you I am bound for life and education:
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you. You are the lord of duty,
I am hitherto your daughter.
(Desdemona, Act 1 Scene 3)

Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. 
(Iago, Act 1 scene 3)

Put money in thy purse.
(Iago, Act 1 Scene 3)

If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have wakened death!
(Othello, Act 2 Scene 1)

Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
(Cassio, Act 2 Scene 3)

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy:
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
(Iago, Act 3 Scene 3)

O, now, for ever
Farewell the tranquil mind; farewell content.
(Othello, Act 3 Scene 3)

'Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food:
They eat us hungerly, and when they are full
They belch us.
(Emilia, Act 3 Scene 4)

Yet I’ll not shed her blood,
Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,
And smooth as monumental alabaster.
(Othello, Act 5 Scene 2)

Let heaven and men and devils, let them all,
All, all, cry shame against me, yet I'll speak.
(Emilia, Act 5 Scene 2)

I kissed thee ere I killed thee: no way but this,
Killing myself, to die upon a kiss.
(Othello, Act 5 scene 2)

 


 

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