'The Tempest' Quotes

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The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare. It was one of Shakespeare's last works, produced in 1611. In The Tempest, Prospero and his daughter have lived on an island for 12 years. They were stranded on the island when Antonio usurped Prospero's rightful place as Duke of Milan. Here are few quotes from The Tempest.

  • "None that I love more than myself. You are a councilor; if you can command these elements to silence and work the peace of the presence, we will not hand a rope more - use your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hours, if it so hap."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.1
  • "A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.1
  • "Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground, long heath, broom, furze, anything. The wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death"
    -William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.1
  • "Canst thou remember
    A time before we came unto this cell?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "in my false brother
    awakened an evil nature, and my trust,
    like a good parent, did beget !of him
    A falsehood in its contrary as great
    As my trust was, which had, indeed, no limit,
    A confidence sans bound..."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "Library
    Was dukedom large enough"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "good wombs have borne bad sons."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "Would I might
    But ever see that man!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "Hell is empty
    And all the devils are here"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "I prithee,
    Remember I have done thee worthy service,
    Told thee no lies, made no mistakes, served
    Without or grudge or grumblings. Thou did promise
    To bate me a full year."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed
    With raven's feather from unwholesome fen
    Drop on you both! A southwest blow on ye
    And blister you all o'er!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "To name the bigger light and how the less"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "violate
    The honour of my child."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "You taught me language, and my profit on't
    Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
    For learning me your language!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "There's nothing ill can dwell in such a temple.
    If the ill spirit have so fair a house,
    Good things will strive to dwell with't."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "Might I but through my prison once a day
    behold this maid. All corners else o' th' earth
    Let liberty make use of; space enough
    Have I in such a prison."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
  • "doublet is as fresh as the first day I wore it?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.1
  • "My lord Sebastian,
    The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,
    And time to speak it in--you rub the sore
    When you should bring the plaster."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.1
  • "All things in common nature should produce
    Without sweat or endeavor."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.1
  • "'Tis as impossible that he's undrowned
    as he that sleeps here swims."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.1
  • "As this Gonzalo; I myself could make
    A chough of as deep chat. O, that you bore
    The mind that I do, what a sleep were this
    For your advancement! Do you understand me?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.1
  • "Were I in England now, as I once was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday-fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man--any strange beast there makes a man. When they will not give a doit to relieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten to see a dead Indian."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
  • "Four legs and two voices; a most delicate monster!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
  • "These be fine things, an if they be not sprites. That's a brave god, and bears celestial liquor. I will kneel to him."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
  • "dropped from heaven?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
  • "I'll show thee the best springs; I'll pluck thee berries;
    I'll fish for thee, and get thee wood enough.
    A plague upon the tyrant I serve!
    I'll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee,
    thou wondrous man."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
  • "The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead,
    and makes my labors pleasures. O, she is
    Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
    And he's composed of harshness."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.1
  • "Poor worm, thou art infected!
    This visitation shows it."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.1
  • "O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound,
    and crown what I profess with kind event
    If I speak true; if hollowly, invert
    what best is boded me to mischief: I,
    Beyond all limit of what else i' th' world,
    Do love, prize, honor you."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.1
  • "As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.2
  • "Act to Trinculo Thou liest, thou jesting monkey, thou! I would my valiant master would destroy thee. I do not lie"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.2
  • "What, what did I? I did nothing! I'll go farther off."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.2
  • "And that most deeply to consider is
    The beauty of his daughter. He himself
    Calls her nonpareil. I never saw a woman
    But only Sycorax, my dam, and she;
    But she as far surpasseth Sycorax
    As great'st does least."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.2
  • "Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
    Will him about mine ears; and sometime voices,
    That if I then had waked after long sleep,
    Will make me sleep again, and then in dreaming
    The clouds methought would open and show riches
    Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
    I cried to dream again."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.2
  • "A living drollery! Now I will believe
    that there are unicorns; that in Arabia
    There is one tree, the phoenix' throne, one phoenix
    At this hour reigning there."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.3
  • "are worse than devils."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.3
  • "You are three men of sin, whom destiny,
    That hath to instrument this lower world
    And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea
    Hath caused to belch up you, and on this island
    Where man doth not inhabit-you 'mongst men
    Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.3
  • "All three of them are desperate: their great guilt,
    like poison given to work a great time after,
    Now 'gins to bite their spirits. I do beseech you
    That are of suppler joints, follow them swiftly,
    And hinder them from what this ecstasy
    May now provoke them to."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 3.3
  • "All thy vexations
    Were but my trials of thy love, and thou
    Hast strangely stood the test. Here, afore heaven
    I ratify this my rich gift. O Ferdinand,
    Do not smile at me that I boast of her,
    For thou shalt find that she will outstrip all praise
    And make it halt behind her."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "Bestow upon the eyes of this young couple
    Some vanity of mine art."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "a contract of true love to celebrate"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "How does my bounteous sister? Go with me
    To bless this twain, that they may prosperous be,
    And honored in their issue."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "Let me live here forever
    So rare a wondered father and wife
    Makes this place a paradise."
    - ​William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "This is strange. Your father's in some passion
    That works him strangely."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "Never till this day
    Saw I him so touched with anger, so distempered."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
    Are melted into air, into thin air,
    And, like the baseless fabric of vision,
    The cloud-capped 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 sleep."
    William ShakespeareThe Tempest, 4.1
  • "A devil, a born devil, on whose nature
    Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
    Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost
    And as with age his body uglier grows,
    So his mind cankers. I will plague them all,
    Even to roaring."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "There is not only disgrace and dishonor in that,
    monster, but an infinite loss."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "I will have none on't. We shall lose our time
    And all be turned to barnacles, or to apes
    With foreheads villainous low."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1
  • "If you now beheld them, your affections
    Would become tender."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "Though with their high wrongs I am struck to th' quick,
    Yet with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury
    Do I take part. The rarer action is
    In virtue than in vengeance."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "Behold, sir King,
    The wronged Duke of Milan, Prospero"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "I fear a madness held me. This must crave,
    An if this be at all, a most strange story.
    Thy dukedom I resign, and do entreat
    Thou pardon me my wrongs. But how should Prospero
    Be living, and be here?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "A daughter?
    O heavens, that they were living both in Naples,
    The King and Queen there! That they were, I wish
    My self were mudded in that oozy bed
    Where my son lies. When did you lose your daughter?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "O wonder!
    How many goodly creatures are there here!
    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
    That has such people in't!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "Was Milan thrust from Milan that his issue
    Should become kings of Naples?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "O look, sir, look, here is more of us!
    I prophesied if a gallows were on land
    This fellow could not drown.
    To Boatswain Now, blasphemy,
    That swear'st grace o'erboard, not an oath on the shore?
    Hast thou no mouth by land? What is the news?"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "Sir, my liege,
    Do not infest your mind with beating on
    The strangeness of this business. At picked leisure,
    Which shall be shortly single, I'll resolve you,
    Which to you shall seem probable, of every
    These happened accidents; till then, be cheerful
    And think of each thing well."
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
  • "Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter,
    And seek for grace. What a thrice-double ass
    Was I to take this drunkard for a god,
    And worship this dull fool!"
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1