Richard II: Top Ten Quotes

John of Gaunts speech on England.
“This royal throne of kings, this scepterd isle,
This earth of majesty, seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-Paradise.”
Act 2, scene 1, line 40-42

Richard II on the sacred nature of kingship
“This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings.”
John of Gaunts speech on England. Act 2, scene 1, lines 50-52
3. “Not all the water in the rough rude sea
Can wash the balm from an anointed king;
The breath of worldly men cannot depose
The deputy elected by the Lord.”
Act 3, scene 2, lines 54-57

From out the fiery portals of the east.
“Of comfort no man speak:
Lets talk of graves, of worms, of epitaphs;
Make dust our paper, and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.
Lets choose executors, and talk of wills.”
Richard when he realizes that defeat is inevitable. Act 3, scene 2, lines 144-48

Loyalty Quote
There lives or dies, true to King Richards throne, A loyal, just and upright gentleman. (1.3.2)

King Richard
“See, see, King Richard doth himself appear,
As doth the blushing discontented sun”e
Act 3, scene 3, lines 62-64

Northumberlands reply to the queens request that she and Richard be sent into exile together.
“Go, bind thou up yon dangling apricocks,
Which, like unruly children, make their sire
Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight.”
The gardener instructing his assistant. Act 3, scene 4, lines 29-31
7. “You may my glories and my state depose,
But not my griefs; still I am king of those.”
Richard in the abdication scene. Act 4, scene 1, lines 192-93
8. “That were some love but little policy.”
Act 5, scene 1, line 84

York describes the reaction of the crowd in London to the sight of the deposed Richard.
“As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well-gracd actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious.”
Act 5, scene 2, line 23-26

Richards thoughts when he is imprisoned in Pomfret Castle
“I have been studying how I may compare
This prison where I live unto the world.”
Act 5, scene 5, lines 1-2

Power
Gods is the quarrel; for Gods substitute, His deputy anointed in His sight, Hath caused his death: the which if wrongfully, Let heaven revenge; for I may never lift An angry arm against His minister. DUCHESS Where then, alas, may I complain myself? JOHN OF GAUNT To God, the widows champion and defense. DUCHESS Why, then, I will. Farewell, old Gaunt. (1.1.2)

Language and Communication
Let not my cold words here accuse my zeal. Tis not the trial of a womans war, The bitter clamour of two eager tongues, Can arbitrate this cause betwixt us twain; The blood is hot that must be cooled for this. Yet can I not of such tame patience boast As to be hushed and naught at all to say. First, the fair reverence of your highness curbs me From giving reins and spurs to my free speech, Which else would post until it had returned These terms of treason doubled down his throat. (1.1.2)