The Tempest: Top Ten Quotes

“I have done nothing but in care of thee,
thee, my dear one, thee, my daughter, who
art ignorant of what thou art, naught knowing
of whence I am, or that I am more better
Than Prospero, master of a full poor cell,
And thy no greater father.”
Act 1, Sc. 1, Lines 19-24

“You taught me language, and my profit on t
Is I know how to curse”
Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 437-438
Caliban says when speaking of Prosperos teaching

“Why speaks my father so urgently, this
is the third man I eer saw, the first
that eer I sighed for.  Pity move my father
to be inclined my way.”
Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 534-537
Miranda speaking of her adoration for Ferdinand.

“Thy case, dear friend,
Shall be my precedent: as though gotst Milan,
Ill come by Naples. Draw thy sword.  One stroke
Shall free thee from the tribute which thou payest,
And I the king shall love thee.”
Act 2 Sc. 1 Lines 332-336
Sebastian says to Antonio after deciding to kill his brother for the throne.

“There be some sports are painful, and their labor
Delight in them sets off; some kinds of baseness
Are nobly undergone; and most poor matters
Point to rich ends.  This my mean task
Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
The mistress which I serve quickens whats dead
And makes my labors pleasures.”
Act 3, Sc. 1 Lines 1-7
Ferdinand talking about his enslavement and his love of Miranda.

“Do you love me?”
Act 3, Sc. 1, Line 80
Miranda asks Ferdinand

“Thou shalt be lord of it, and Ill serve thee.”
Act 3, Sc. 2, Line 64
Caliban tells Stephano when trying to get him to take the island from Prospero.

“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
Act 4, Sc. 1, Lines 173-175
Prospero talking to Ferdinand about his marriage to Miranda

“Let them be hunted soundly.  At this hour
Lies at my mercy all mine enemies.
Shortly shall my labors end, and thou
Shalt have the air at freedom.  For a little
Follow and do me service.”
Act 4, Sc. 1 Lines 291-295
Prospero speaking with Ariel about finishing his revenge and freeing his fairy servant.

“Though with their high wrongs I am stuck to th
quick,
Yet with my nobler reason gainst my fury
Do I take part.  The rarer action is
In virtue than in vengeance.”
Act 5, Sc. 1 Lines 32-36
Prospero deciding to spare his foes of his great vengeance.