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Famous Lines and Passages: The Merchant of Venice

Famous Lines and Passages: The Merchant of Venice

“In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.”
    — Antonio, 1.1.1

“Let me play the fool.”
    — Gratiano, 1.1.83

“If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces.”
    — Portia, 1.2.9

“God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man.”
    — Portia, 1.2.59

“How like a fawning publican he looks!
I hate him for he is a Christian.”
    — Shylock, 1.3.42

“If I can get him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.”
    — Shylock, 1.3.47

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
    — Antonio, 1.3.99

“It is a wise father who knows his own child.”
    — Lancelot Gobbo, 2.1.83

“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.”
    — Jessica, 2.6.36

“The portrait of a blinking idiot.”
    — Aragon, 2.9.54

“Let him look to his bond.”
    — Shylock, 3.1.51

“I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses,
affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and
summer as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”
    — Shylock, 3.1.60–70

“The quality of mercy is not strained.”
    — Portia, 4.1.189

“How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.”
    — Portia, 5.1.117–118