King Lear – Key Quotations to commit to memory

42. Albany or Edgar: ‘The weight of this sad time we must obey; Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most, we that are young / shall never see so much, nor live so long.’
41. Lear: ‘Pray you, undo this button: thank you, sir. Do you see this? Look on her, look, her lips, Look there, look there!’
40. Lear: ‘This feather stirs; she lives! If it be so, It is a chance which doth redeem all sorrows that I have felt.’
39. Lear: ‘Howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones! Had I your tongue and eyes, I’d use them so that the heaven’s vault should crack.’
38. Lear: ‘We two alone shall sing like birds in the cage.’ .
37. Lear: ‘I am a very foolish fond old man, Forescore and upward, not an hour more or less. And to deal plainly, I fear I am not in my perfect mind.’
36. Cordelia: ‘Had you not been their Father, these white flakes did challenge the pity of them.’
35. Lear: ‘When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.’ Act 4, Scene 6.
34. Lear: ‘Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furr’d gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold, and the strong lance of justice breaks.’
33. Lear: ‘There thou might’st behold the greatest image of authority. A dog’s obeyed in office.’