King Lear – Role of Women Quotes

“Sir I love you more than world can wield the matter, dearer than eyesight, space and liberty” Goneril Act 1, Scene 1 (The Love Test)
“I am made of that self metal as my sister … only she falls too short” Regan Act 1, Scene 1 (The Love Test)
“Nothing, my Lord” “Nothing.” Cordelia Act 1, Scene 1 (The Love Test) 1
“Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty according to my bond, no more nor less.” “You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit, obey you, love you and most honour you. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say they love you all?” Cordelia Act 1, Scene 1 (The Love Test) 2
“Unfriended, new adopted to our hate, dow’red with our curse and strangered with our oath, take her or leave her?” Lear Act 1, Scene 1 (on punishing Cordelia)
“The jewels of our father, with washed eyes Cordelia leaves you. I know you what you are, and like a sister am most loath to call your faults as they are named.” Cordelia Act 1, Scene 1 (as she is leaving)
“he hath ever but slenderly known himself” Regan Act 1, Scene 1 (on Lear’s abandonment of Cordelia)
“We must do something, and i’th’heat.” Goneril Act 1, Scene 1 (very end of the Scene)
“Idle old man” Goneril Act 1, Scene 3 (true feelings about Lear)
“How sharper than a serpents tooth it is to have a thankless child!” Lear Act 1, Scene 4 (on the pain his daughters have caused him)
“Unnatural hags” Lear Act 2, Scene 3 (on Goneril and Regan)
“Tigers not daughters” Albany Act 4, Scene 2 (on Goneril and Regan’s behaviour towards Lear)
“Each jealous of the other, as the stung are of the adder” Edmund Act 5, Scene 1 (on Goneril and Regan’s growing rivalry)
“My mourning and important tears hath pitied. No blown ambition doth our arms incite, but love, dear love, and our aged father’s right. Soon may I hear and see him!” Cordelia A4, Scene 4 (on wishing to see Lear again)
“Hang him instantly” “Pluck out his eyes” Regan and Goneril Act 3, Scene 6 (once learning of Gloucester’s betrayal)
“Hard, hard. – O, filthy traitor!” Regan Act 3, Scene 6 (interrupting Cornwall to get to Gloucester)
“O my dear father, restoration hang thy medicine on my lips, and let this kiss repair those violent harms that my two sisters have in thy reverence made” Cordelia Act 4, Scene 7 (on trying to make amends for her sisters’ awful behaviour)