Some important quotes from Act III of ‘Othello’

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Here are some quotes to learn for the quotes test that you will be sitting on Act III:

Scene 1

‘The general and his wife are talking of it,
And she speaks for you stoutly. The Moor replies
That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus
And great affinity; and that in wholesome wisdom
He might not but refuse you. But he protests he loves you
And needs no other suitor but his likings
To take the safest occasion by the front
To bring you in again.’
Emilia to Cassio

Scene 3

‘My lord shall never rest,
I’ll watch him tame and talk him out of patience;
His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
I’ll intermingle everything he does
With Cassio’s suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio;
For thy solicitor shall rather die
Than give thy cause away.’
Desdemona to Cassio

‘Excellent wretch, perdition catch my soul
But I do love thee! And when I love thee not,
Chaos is come again.’
Othello, speaking about Desdemona

‘And, for I know thou’rt full of love and honesty,
And weigh’st thy words before thou giv’st them breath’
Othello to Iago

‘give thy worst of thoughts
The worst of words.’
Othello to Iago

‘Good name in man – and woman – dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse, steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands:
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.’
Iago to Othello

‘O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.’
Iago to Othello

‘I’ll see before I doubt; when I doubt, prove;
And on the proof, there is no more but this:
Away at once with love or jealousy!’
Othello to Iago

‘I speak not yet of proof:
Look to your wife; observe her well with Cassio;
Wear your eye thus: not jealous, nor secure –
I would not have your free and noble nature,
Out of self-bounty be abused – look to’t.
I know our country disposition well:
In Venice they do let heaven see the pranks
They dare not show their husbands; their best conscience
Is not to leave’t undone, but keep’t unknown.’
Iago to Othello

‘As – to be bold with you –
Not to affect many proposed matches
Of her own clime, complexion, and degree,
Whereto we see in all things nature tends –
Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank,
Foul disproportion, thoughts unnatural’
Iago to Othello

‘I had rather be a toad
And live upon the vapour of a dungeon,
Than keep a corner in the thing I love
For others’ uses.’
Othello, soliloquy

‘I will in Cassio’s lodgings lose this napkin,
And let him find it. Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ. This may do something.
The Moor already changes with my poison:
Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons.
Which at the first are scarce found to distaste,
But with a little act upon the blood,
Burn like the mines of sulphur. I did say so.
Look where he comes. Not poppy, nor mandragora,
Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou owedst yesterday.’
Iago, soliloquy

‘I had been happy if the general camp,
Pioneers and all, had tasted her sweet body,
So I had nothing known.’
Othello to Iago

‘Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore!
Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof;
Or, by the worth of mine eternal soul,
Thou hadst been better have been born a dog
Than answer my waked wrath!’
Othello to Iago

‘I’ll tear her all to pieces!’
Othello to Iago

‘O, that the slave had forty thousand lives –
One is too poor, too weak for my revenge!
Now do I see ’tis true. Look here, Iago:
All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven – ’tis gone!
Arise, black Vengeance from thy hollow hell,
Yield up, O Love, thy crown and hearted throne
To tyrannous Hate! Swell, bosom, with thy fraught,
For ’tis of aspics’ tongues.’
Othello to Iago

‘Witness that here Iago doth give up
The execution of his wit, hands, heart
To wronged Othello’s service.’
Iago to Othello

‘Not with vain thanks, but with acceptance bounteous;
And will upon the instant put thee to’t.
Within these three days let me hear thee say
That Cassio’s not alive.’
Othello to Iago

‘Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her, damn her!
Come, go with me apart; I will withdraw
To furnish me with some swift means of death
For the fair devil. Now art thou my lieutenant.’
Othello to Iago

Scene 4

‘that handkerchief
Did and Egyptian to my mother give;
She was a charmer, and cold almost read
The thoughts of people; she told her, while she kept it
‘Twould make her amiable and subdue my father
Entirely to her love – but if she lost it,
Or made a gift of it, my father’s eye
Should hold her loathed, and his spirits should hunt
After new fancies. She dying, gave it me
And bid me, when my fate would have me wived,
To give it her. I did so; and, take heed on’t,
Make it a darling like your precious eye:
To lose’t or give’t away were such perdition
As nothing else could match.
. . .
‘Tis true; there’s magic in the web of it:
A sybil, that had numbered in the world
The sun to course two hundred compasses,
In her prophetic fury sewed the work;
The worms were hallowed that did breed the silk,
And it was dyed in mummy, which the skilful
Conserved of maidens’ hearts.’
Othello to Desdemona

‘Why do you speak so startling and rash?’
Desdemona to Othello

”Tis not a year or two shows us a man:
They are all but stomachs, and we all but food;
To eat us hungerly; and when they are full
They belch us.’
Emilia to Desdemona

‘But jealous souls will not be answered so;
They are not ever jealous for the cause,
But jealous for they’re jealous. It is a monster
Begot upon itself, born on itself.’
Emilia to Desdemona