Taming of the Shrew Quotes
Quote 1: "Well, you are come to me in happy time,
The rather for I have some sport in hand
Wherein your cunning can assist me much.
There is a Lord will hear you play tonight.
But I am doubtful of your modesties
Lest over-eying of his bad behavior-
For yet his honor never heard a play-
You break into some merry passion
And so offend him, for I tell you, sirs,
If you should smile, he grows impatient." Induction, Scene 1, lines 90-99
Quote 2: "Am I a lord and have I such a lady?
Or do I dream? Or have I dreamed till now?
I do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak,
I smell sweet savors and I feel soft things.
Upon my life, I am a lord indeed
And not a tinker nor Christopher Sly.
Well, bring our lady hither to our sight
And once again a pot o' th' smallest ale." Induction, Scene 2, lines 68-75
Quote 3: "What, should I be appointed hours, as though, belike, / I knew not what to take and what to leave? Ha!" Act 1, Scene 1, lines 103-104
Quote 4: "I am agreed, and would I had given him the best horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would thoroughly woo her, wed her, and bed her and rid the house of her. Come on." Act 1, Scene 1, lines 142-145
Quote 5: "Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we
Few words suffice; and therefore if thou know
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife-
As wealth is burthen of my wooing dance-
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd
As Socrates' Xanthippe or a worse,
She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
Affection's edge in me, were she as rough
As are the swelling Adriatic seas.
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua." Act 1, Scene 2, lines 64-75
Quote 6: "Why came I hither but to that intent?
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
Have I not heard th sea, puffed up with winds,
Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
Have I not in a pitched battle heard
Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to hear
As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?
Tush, tush, fear boys with bugs." Act 1, Scene 2, lines 198-209
Quote 7: "She is your treasure, she must have a husband; / I must dance barefoot on her wedding day, / And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. / Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep / Till I can find occasion of revenge." Act 2, Scene 1, lines 32-36
Quote 8: "I am as peremptory as she proud-minded. / And where two raging fires meet together / They do consume the thing that makes them fury." Act 2, Scene 1, lines 131-133
Quote 9: "Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench! / I love her ten times more than e'er I did. / Oh, how I long to have some chat with her!" Act 2, Scene 1, lines 160-162
Quote 10: "Thou must be married to no man but me. / For I am he am born to tame you, Kate / And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate / Conformable as other household Kates." Act 2, Scene 1, lines 268-271
Quote 11: "Call me daughter? Now, I promise you
You have showed a tender fatherly regard
To wish me wed to one half lunatic,
A madcap ruffian and a swearing Jack
That thinks with oaths to face the matter out." Act 2, Scene 1, lines 278-282
Quote 12: "We will have rings and things and fine array, / And kiss me, Kate, 'We will be married a Sunday.'" Act 2, Scene 2, lines 316-317
Quote 13: "No shame but mine. I must, forsooth, be forced
To give my hand opposed against my heart
Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen
Who wooed in haste and means to wed in leisure.
I told you, I, he was a frantic fool,
Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior." Act 3, Scene 2, lines 8-13
Quote 14: "To me she's married, not unto my clothes.
Could I repair what she will wear in me
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
'Twere well for Kate and better for myself.
But what a fool am I to chat with you
When I should bid good morrow to my bride
And seal the title with a lovely kiss." Act 3, Scene 2, lines 117-123
Quote 15: "They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.
Obey the bride, you that attend on her.
Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
I will be master of what is mine own.
She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
My household stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ax, my ass, my anything,
And here she stands. Touch her whoever dare,
I'll bring my action on the proudest he
That stops my way in Padua. Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon, we are beset with thieves.
Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man.
Fear not, sweet wench; they shall not touch thee, Kate.
I'll buckler thee against a million." Act 3, Scene 2, lines 222-239
Quote 16: "By this reck'ning, he is more shrew than she." Act 4, Scene 1, line 81
Quote 17: "You heedless joltheads and unmannered slaves! Act 4, Scene 1, line 160
Quote 18: "He kills her in her own humor." Act 4, Scene 1, line 174
Quote 19: "This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humor.
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak - tis charity to show." Act 4, Scene 1, lines 202-205
Quote 20: "Petruchio is the master / That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long / To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue." Act 4, Scene 2, lines 56-58
Quote 21: "I am no child, no babe.
Your betters have endured me say my mind,
And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
Or else my heart, concealing it, will break,
And rather than it shall I will be free
Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words." Act 4, Scene 3, lines 73-80
Quote 22: "Welcome, one mess is like to be your cheer." Act 4, Scene 4, line 70
Quote 23: "Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart. / Have to my widow, and if she be frorward, / Then hast thou taught Hortensio how to be untoward." Act 4, Scene 5, lines 77-79
Quote 24: "What am I, sir? Nay, what are you, sir? O immortal gods! O fine villain! A silken doublet, a velvet hose, a scarlet cloak, and a copatain hat! O, I am undone, I am undone! While I play the good husband at home, my son and my servant spend all at the university!" Act 5, Scene 1, lines 63-68
Quote 25: "Love wrought these miracles. Bianca's love
Made me exchange my state with Tranio
While he did bear my countenance in the town,
And happily I have arrived at the last
Unto the wished haven of my bliss.
What Tranio did, myself enforced him to.
Then pardon him, sweet father, for my sake." Act 5, Scene 1, lines 122-128
Quote 26: "Come, my sweet Kate. / Better once than never, for never too late." Act 5, Scene 1, lines 149-150
Quote 27: "At last, though long, our jarring notes agree,
And time it is, when raging war is done,
To smile at 'scapes and perils overblown.
My fair Bianca, bid my father welcome
While I wish self-same kindness welcome thine.
Brother Petruchio, sister Katherina,
And thou, Hortensio, with thy loving widow,
Feast with the best and welcome to my house.
My banquet is to close our stomachs up
After our great good cheer. Pray you, sit down,
For now we sit to chat as well as eat." Act 5, Scene 2, lines 1-11
Quote 28: "The wager thou hast won, and I will add / Unto their losses, twenty thousand crowns, / Another dowry to another daughter, / For she is changed as she had never been." Act 5, Scene 2, lines 112-115
Quote 29: "Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
They head, thy sovereign - one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance commits his body
To painful labor both by sea and land,
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou li'st warm at home, secure and safe;
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience:
Too little payment for so great a debt....
But now I see our lances are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
And place your hands below your husband's foot,
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready, may it do him ease." Act 5, Scene 2, lines 146-154, lines 173-179
Quote 30: "Come, Kate, we'll to bed. / We three are married, but you two are sped. / 'Twas I won the wager, [to Lucentio] though you hit the white, / And being a winner, God give you good night." Act 5, Scene 2, lines 184-187