Humanities › Literature 10 Shakespeare Quotes on Tragedy Share Flipboard Email Print Literature Shakespeare Tragedies Shakespeare's Life and World Studying Comedies Sonnets Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Quotations Short Stories Children's Books By Lee Jamieson Theater Expert M.A., Theater Studies, Warwick University B.A., Drama and English, DeMontfort University Lee Jamieson, M.A., is a theater scholar and educator. He previously served as a theater studies lecturer at Stratford-upon Avon College in the United Kingdom. our editorial process Lee Jamieson Updated June 26, 2019 Shakespeare's plays have contributed some of the most famous quotes from all of literature, and none are more memorable than those from his tragedies, probably the best place to find quotes on tragedy. There is debate over which of his plays are tragedies—"Troilus and Cressida" sometimes is included, for example—but here is the best-remembered tragic quote from each of the bard's plays usually placed in the tragedy category: Quotes From Shakespeare's Tragedies Romeo and JulietNo, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve. Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world. A plague o' both your houses!(Mercutio, Act 3, Scene 1)HamletTo be, or not to be—that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd by opposing end them.(Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1)MacbethIs this a dagger which I see before me,The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee!I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.Art thou not, fatal vision, sensibleTo feeling as to sight? or art thou butA dagger of the mind, a false creationProceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?(Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 1)Julius CaesarO conspiracy,Sham'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,When evils are most free?(Brutus, Act 2, Scene 1)OthelloO, beware, my lord, of jealousy!It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mockThe meat it feeds on.(Iago, Act 3, Scene 3)King LearNothing will come of nothing.(King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1)Antony and CleopatraLet Rome in Tiber melt and the wide archOf the ranged empire fall. Here is my space.Kingdoms are clay; our dungy earth alikeFeeds beast as man. The nobleness of lifeIs to do thus; when such a mutual pairAnd such a twain can do't.(Antony, Act 1, Scene 1)Titus AndronicusVengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.(Aaron, Act 2, Scene 3)CoriolanusLike a dull actor now,I have forgot my part, and I am out,Even to a full disgrace.(Coriolanus, Act 5, Scene 3)Timon of Athens'Here lies a wretched corpse, of wretched soul bereft;Seek not my name. A plague consume you wicked caitiffs left!Here lie I, Timon, who alive all living men did hate.Pass by and curse thy fill, but pass, and stay not here thy gait.'(Alcibiades, Act 5, Scene 4) Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Jamieson, Lee. "10 Shakespeare Quotes on Tragedy." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/shakespeare-quotes-on-tragedy-2985292. Jamieson, Lee. (2020, August 26). 10 Shakespeare Quotes on Tragedy. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/shakespeare-quotes-on-tragedy-2985292 Jamieson, Lee. "10 Shakespeare Quotes on Tragedy." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/shakespeare-quotes-on-tragedy-2985292 (accessed January 26, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?