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Shakespeare Quotes on Anger

Shakespeare's understanding and expression of anger

Anger is a common character trait in Shakespeare's works; from distressed damsels to mad kings, many deal with overpowering rage. See how Shakespeare understood and expressed anger through the quotes below.

Top Shakespeare Quotes on Anger

This tiger-footed rage

— Coriolanus, Act 3 Scene 1, line 311; Menenius to Brutus

Come not between the dragon and his wrath!

— King Lear, Act 1 Scene 1, line 123; King Lear to the Earl of Kent
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Sketch of King Lear, J. M. Wright

I understand a fury in your words / But not the words.

— Othello, Act 4 Scene 2, lines 32-33; Desdemona to Othello

Anger is like / A full hot horse, who being allowed his way, / Self-mettle tires him

— Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 1, lines 134-36; Duke of Norfolk to Duke of Birmingham
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Henry VIII, RSC, 1996

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot / That it do singe yourself

— Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 1, lines 140-41; Duke of Norfolk to Duke of Buckingham

Who is man that is not angry?

— Timon of Athens, Act 3 Scene 5, line 59; Alcibiades to two senators
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Timon of Athens Before His Cave, Richard Cosway, 1805

Let grief / Convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it

— Macbeth, Act 4 Scene 3, lines 228-29; Malcolm to Macduff

O, that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth! / Then with a passion would I shake the world

— King John, Act 3 Scene 4, lines 39-40; Constance to King Philip
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Herbert Beerbohm Tree as King John, 1899

Come not within the measure of my wrath

— Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 5 Scene 4, line 125; Valentine to Thurio

There is no following her in this fierce vein

— A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3 Scene 2, line 82; Demetrius, of Hermia

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