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Famous Quotations from Macbeth

Macbeth is a treasure trove of quotations that have become a part of present-day culture. Here are the ten most famous of them all.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
(4.1.10), Weird Sisters

Fair is foul, and foul is fair.
(1.1.13), Weird Sisters

Out, damned spot! out, I say!
(5.1.32), Lady Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes.
(4.1.46), Second Weird Sister

The milk of human kindness.
(1.5.80), Lady Macbeth

It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
(5.5.30), Macbeth

This is a sorry sight.
(2.2.26), Macbeth

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
(1.1.1), Weird Sisters

One fell swoop.
(4.3.259), Macduff

Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here.
(1.5.46), Lady Macbeth


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