King Lear, the story of an aging monarch who decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, according to which one recites the best declaration of love, is packed with lines that we use every day in present-day culture. Here are the most famous quotations of them all, with some honorable mentions.
Nothing will come of nothing.
(1.1.93), King Lear
Ay, every inch a king.
(4.6.122), King Lear
The wheel is come full circle: I am here.
I am a man
More sinn’d against than sinning.
(3.2.62), King Lear
Pray you now, forget and forgive.
(4.7.99), King Lear
The worst is not
So long as we can say, “This is the worst.”
Although the last, not least.
(1.1.85), King Lear
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child!
(1.4.283), King Lear
Take her or leave her.
(1.1.220), King Lear
Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
(1.1.127), King Lear
Nature’s above art in that respect.
(4.6.99), King Lear
I cannot heave my heart into my mouth.