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Famous Quotations from Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is packed with common expressions and famous lines. Here are the most memorable of them all. Please click on the links for full explanatory notes.

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it.
(1.1.1), Duke Orsino

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
(2.5.130), Malvolio

My purpose is, indeed, a horse of that colour.
(2.3.158), Maria

Out of the jaws of death.
(3.4.340), Antonio

This is very midsummer madness.
(3.4.53), Olivia

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O, stay and hear; your true love's coming,
(2.3.39), Feste

I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.
(5.1.384), Malvolio

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
(1.5.32), Feste

There is no darkness but ignorance.
(4.2.41), Feste

I was adored once too.
(2.3.171), Sir Andrew

From Twelfth Night. Illus. W. Heath Robinson. 1900 by Musson Book Co.

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