Shakespeare’s play chronicling the devious machinations of the deformed villain, Richard, is packed with familiar quotations. Here are the most famous of them all.
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end.
(4.4.200), Duchess of York
The king’s name is a tower of strength.
Since I cannot prove a lover…
I am determined to prove a villain.
(1.1.28, 30), Richard
A thing devised by the enemy.
(5.3.313), Richard III
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings;
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
Grim-visaged War hath smoothed his wrinkled front.