80 Lady Macbeth Quotes on Ambition, Greed, and Guilt

These Lady Macbeth quotes will show you how she influenced her husband, Macbeth, to murder the King, whom he devotedly served. 

Lady Macbeth is well-known for being Macbeth’s ambitious, manipulative, and nasty wife.

Her desire for power and rank pushed her to persuade her husband to commit a mortal sin.

She manipulated her husband to plot King Duncan’s assassination.

The story of Lady Macbeth’s life serves as a potent reminder that we cannot escape our sins because our conscience will hunt us down.

We’ve collected these insightful quotes to help you lead a clean and better life. 

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And don’t forget to check out these Scarlett O’Hara quotes.

Best Lady Macbeth Quotes

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1. “Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here.” 

2. “They met me, in the day of success—and I have learned by the perfectest report, they have more in them than mortal knowledge.” 

3. “‘Tis the eye of childhood, that fears a painted devil.” 

4. “Screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail.” 

5. “Yet who would have thought, the old man, to have so much blood in him?” 

6. “The raven himself is hoarse, that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan, under my battlements.” 

7. “Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, to cry, ‘Hold, hold!’” 

8. “Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.” 

9. “Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature, shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between, th’ effect and it.”

10. “A little water clears us of this deed.” 

11. “I have given suck, and know how tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face. Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.”

12. “I laid their daggers ready; he could not miss ‘em. Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t.” 

13. “Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem, to have thee crowned withal.” 

14. “Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness.”

15. “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold. What hath quenched them hath given me fire.” 

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16. “Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!”

17. “Out, damned spot! out, I say! One, two; why, then ‘tis time to do’t.”

18. “False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”

19. “Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear, who knows it, when none can call our power to account?”

20. “And when goes hence?”

21. “What’s to be done?”

22. “To beguile the time, look like the time.”

23. “He that’s coming. Must be provide for—and you shall put, this night’s great business into my dispatch. Which shall to all our nights and days to come, give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.”

24. “What beast was’t then, That made you break this enterprise to me?”

25. “What cannot you and I perform upon. The unguarded Duncan? What not put upon, his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell?”

26. “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.”

27. “Things without all remedy should be without regard—what’s done, is done.”

28. “Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.”

29. “From this time, such I account thy love.”

Lady Macbeth Quotes on Guilt

30. “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white.”

31. “The thane of Fife had a wife—where is she now? What, will these hands ne’er be clean? No more o’ that, my lord, no more o’ that—you mar all with this starting.”

32. “To bed, to bed. There’s knocking at the gate. Come, come, come, come, give me your hand. What’s done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed.”

33. “Wash your hands, put on your nightgown; look not so pale. I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on’s grave.”

34. “Alack, I am afraid they have awaked, and ’tis not done. The attempt and not the deed confounds us.”

35. “I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry. Did not you speak?”

36. “ A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.”

37. “Almost at odds with morning, which is which.”

Lady Macbeth Quotes About Ambition

38. “To catch the nearest way—thou wouldst be great. Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.”

39. “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be. What thou art promised.”

40. “Thou’ld’st have, great Glamis, that which cries ‘Thus thou must do,’ if thou have it, and that which rather thou dost fear to do, than wishes should be undone.”

41. “The future in the instant.”

42. “I pray you, speak not; he grows worse and worse. Question enrages him. At once, good night, stand not upon the order of your going, but go at once.”

Interesting Lady Macbeth Quotes on Her Manipulative Tendencies

43. “Only look up clear; to alter favour ever is to fear. Leave all the rest to me.”

44. “Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear. And chastise with the valor of my tongue. All that impedes thee from the golden round.”

45. “You murd’ring ministers. Whatever in your sightless substances. You wait on nature’s mischief.”

46. “When Duncan is asleep, whereto the rather shall his day’s hard journey. Soundly invite him—his two chamberlains. Will I with wine and wassail so convince, that memory, the warder of the brain. Shall be a fume, and the receipt of reason a limbeck only when in swinish sleep. Their drenchèd natures lied as in a death.”

47. “Against those honours deep and broad wherewith. Your majesty loads our house for those of old, and the late dignities heap’d up to them, we rest your hermits.”

48. “He has almost supp’d—why have you left the chamber?”

49. “To be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.”

50. “These deeds must not be thought. After these ways; so, it will make us mad.”

51. “Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy thane, you do unbend your noble strength, to think so brainsickly of things.”

52. “Come on; gentle my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks; be bright and jovial among your guests tonight.”

53. “But in them nature’s copy’s not eterne.”

54. “My royal lord. You do not give the cheer—the feast is sold. That is not often vouch’d, while ’tis a-making, ‘Tis given with welcome to feed were best at home;

From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony; meeting were bare without it.”

55. ”My worthy lord, your noble friends do lack you.”

56. “Think of this, good peers, but as a thing of custom—’tis no other; only it spoils the pleasure of the time.”

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57. “When you durst do it, then you were a man.”

58. “Great Glamis! Worthy cawdor!” 

59. “Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would,’ like the poor cat i’ th’ adage?”

60. “What, quite unmann’d in folly?”

61. “You have displaced the mirth, broke the good meeting. With most admired disorder.”

62. “Would’st thou have that. Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem.”

63. “Go get some water, and wash this filthy witness from your hand.”

Quotes That Prove Lady Macbeth’s Evil Character

64. “O never shall sun that morrow see.”

65. “Give me the daggers.”

66. “Nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content.’Tis safer to be that which we destroy, than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.”

67. “Come to my woman’s breasts. And take my milk for gall.”

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68. “Know you not he has?”

69. “Consider it not so deeply.”

70. “There are two lodged together.”

71. “What do you mean?”

72. “Woe, alas! What, in our house?”

73. “Help me hence, ho!”

74. “You must leave this.”

75. “A kind good night to all!”

Lady Macbeth Quotes on Deception

76. “Thou’rt mad to say it. Isn’t thy master with him? Who, were’t so, would have inform’d for preparation.”

77. “Give him tending; he brings great news.”

78. “Your servants ever. Have theirs, themselves and what is theirs, in compt, to make their audit at your highness’ pleasure. Still to return your own.”

79. “Who dares receive it other. As we shall make our griefs and clamour roar. Upon his death?”

80. “If he had been forgotten. It had been as a gap in our great feast, and all thing unbecoming.”

Who Do You Think Is to Be Blamed for the Death of King Duncan?

Lady Macbeth is an essential character in Shakespeare’s novel, Macbeth. She is the epitome of a greedy, manipulative, selfish, and ambitious woman. But, the story also shows that she feels guilty about the crime she committed. 

She was blinded by her ambition of power and rank, which resulted in committing a heinous crime. She manipulated her husband to kill King Duncan and steal his Kingdom. But, due to too much guilt, she also committed suicide.

Man is born to be competitive and ambitious to survive. But if you think you are hurting people on your way up, that is no longer good. 

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