We have listed some quotes from Shakespeare's most violent play, Titus Andronicus.

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The company of Titus Andronicus in Michael Fentiman's 2013 production
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O cruel, irreligious piety!
(Tamora, Act 1 Scene 1)

Content thee, prince, I will restore to thee
The people's hearts, and wean them from themselves.
(Titus, Act 1 Scene 1)

And make them know what 'tis to let a queen
Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain. 
(Tamora, Act 1 Scene 1)

She is a woman, therefore may be wooed:
She is a woman, therefore may be won:
She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved.
(Demetrius, Act 2 Scene 1)

Madam, though Venus govern your desires,
Saturn is dominator over mine.
(Aaron, Act 2 Scene 3)

Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
(Aaron, Act 2 Scene 3)

The worse to her, the better loved of me.
(Tamora, Act 2 Scene 3)

Alas, a crimson river of warm blood,
Like to a bubbling fountain stirred with wind,
Doth rise and fall between thy rosed lips,
Coming and going with thy honey breath.
(Marcus, Act 2 Scene 4)

Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive
That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?
(Titus, Act 3 Scene 1)

Alas, poor man! Grief has so wrought on him, 
He takes false shadows for true substances.
(Marcus, Act 3 Scene 2)

Demetrius: Villain, what hast thou done?
Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
(Act 4 Scene 2)

I have done a thousand dreadful things
As willingly as one would kill a fly,
And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
But that I cannot do ten thousand more.
(Aaron, Act 5 Scene 1)

Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee,
And with thy shame thy father’s sorrow die!
(Titus, Act 5 Scene 3)

O, let me teach you how to knit again
This scattered corn into one mutual sheaf,
These broken limbs again into one body.
(Marcus, Act 5 Scene 3)

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