Some of The Tempest's most well-known quotes, such as Miranda's 'O brave new world', are listed here.

Ariel, in black clothes, sits on a rock and looks deep in thought
Sandy Grierson as Ariel in the 2012 production of The Tempest, directed by David Farr
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O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer.
(Miranda, Act 1 Scene 2)

My library was dukedom large enough.
(Prospero,  Act 1 Scene 2)

Ferdinand, 
With hair up-staring – then like reeds, not hair – 
Was the first man that leaped; cried ‘Hell is empty
And all the devils are here.’
(Ariel, Act 1 Scene 2)

For I am all the subjects that you have,
Which first was mine own king.
(Caliban, Act 1 Scene 2)

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. 
(Trinculo, Act 2 Scene 2)

Hast thou not dropped from heaven?
(Caliban, Act 2 Scene 2)

I am your wife, if you will marry me:
If not, I'll die your maid: to be your fellow
You may deny me, but I'll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.
(Miranda, Act 3 Scene 1)

The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked,
I cried to dream again.
(Caliban, Act 3 Scene 2)

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff 
As dreams are made on: and our little life 
Is rounded with a sleep.
(Prospero, Act 4 Scene 1)

Where the bee sucks, there suck I:
In a cowslip's bell I lie:
There I couch when owls do cry.
On the bat's back I do fly
After summer merrily.
Merrily, merrily, shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
(Ariel, Act 5 Scene 1)

O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.
(Miranda, Act 5 Scene 1)

As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
(Prospero, Epilogue) 

 


 

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