Famous Quotations from The Merchant of Venice

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The Merchant of Venice is packed with memorable lines and expressions we use every day. The following are our picks for the ten most famous passages from the play.

1.
I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?
(3.1.54), Shylock

2.
My own flesh and blood.
(3.1.32), Shylock

3.
In the twinkling of an eye.
(2.2.160), Launcelot

4.
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.
(2.6.38), Jessica

5.
The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath.
(4.1.191), Portia

6.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
(2.2.74), Launcelot

7.
With bated breath and whispering humbleness.
(1.3.124), Shylock

8.
All that glisters is not gold.
(2.7.67), Morocco

9.
Let it serve for table-talk.
(3.5.84), Lorenzo

10.
These blessed candles of the night.
(5.1.233), Bassanio