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King Lear (Character)
from King Lear (1983) (TV)

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King Lear (2016)
Lear: 1. Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.

Lear: 1. Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.

Lear: So young, and so untender? Lear:
Cordelia: So young, my lord, and true.
Lear: Let it be so; - thy truth, then, be thy dower.

Lear: Come not between the dragon and his wrath.

Lear: 1. Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, More hideous, when thou show'st thee in a child Than the sea-monster!

Lear: 1. How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!

Lear: 1. Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous: Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's.

Lear: 1. You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both! If it be you that stir these daughters' hearts Against their father, fool me not so much To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger, And let not women's weapons, water-drops, Stain my man's cheeks!

Lear: 1. I will do such things, What they are, yet I know not; but they shall be The terrors of the earth.

Lear: 1. I have full cause of weeping; but this heart Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws Or ere I'll weep. O fool, I shall go mad!

Lear: Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!

Lear: 1. I am a man, More sinn'd against than sinning.

Lear: 1. O, that way madness lies; let me shun that; No more of that.

Lear: 1. Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O! I have ta'en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.

Lear: 1... unaccomodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.

Lear: Let me have surgeons; I am cut to the brains

Lear: 1. Ay, every inch a king:

Lear: 1. A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yon simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief?

Lear: 1. There thou mightst behold the great image of authority: a dog's obeyed in office.

Lear: 1. When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools...

Lear: 1. You do me wrong to take me out o' the grave: - Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.

Lear: 1. I am a very foolish fond old man, Fourscore and upward, not an hour more or less; And, to deal plainly, I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

Lear: 1. You must bear with me: Pray you now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish.

Lear: 1. Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage: When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness: so we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too, Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out; - And take upon's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies: and we'll wear out, In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones That ebb and flow by the moon.

Lear: 1. Howl, howl, howl, howl! O! you are men of stones: Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so That heaven's vaults should crack. - She's gone for ever! - I know when one is dead, and when one lives; She's dead as earth.

Lear: 1. And my poor fool is hang'd! No, no, no life! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button: thank you sir. Do you see this? Look on her, look, her lips, Look there, look there!


Ran (1985)
Hidetora: The Great Lord goes nowhere alone.
Jiro: You renounced your power. You have no need of an escort.
Hidetora: Only the birds and the beasts live in solitude.

Kyoami: A serpent's egg is white and pure. A bird's is speckled and soiled.
Hidetora: This is a castle... Here's a wall.
Kyoami: The bird left the speckled egg for the white.
Hidetora: Strange...
Kyoami: The egg cracks; out comes a snake.
Hidetora: Empty space above the wall. Why?
Kyoami: The bird is gobbled by the snake.
Hidetora: Where am I? Who am I?
Kyoami: Stupid bird!

Hidetora: I am lost...
Kyoami: Such is the human condition.

Hidetora: What madness have I spoken? Wherein lies my senility?
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji: I'll tell you. What kind of world do we live in? One barren of loyalty and feeling.
Hidetora: I'm aware of that.
Saburo Naotora Ichimonji: So you should be! You spilled an ocean of blood. You showed no mercy, no pity. We too are children of this age... weaned on strife and chaos. We are your sons, yet you count on our fidelity. In my eyes, that makes you a fool. A senile old fool!

Hidetora: [Hidetora has just signed a pledge abdicating his authority to Taro] Are you a son?
Taro Takatora Ichimonji: What do you mean?
Hidetora: Is this a son's attitude? The hen pecks the cock and makes him a crow.

Hidetora: [Hidetora awakens in the ruins of a castle] Where are we?
Kyoami: We're in paradise!


King Lear (1983) (TV)
King Lear: How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!

King Lear: You do me wrong to take me out of the grave. Thou art a soul in bliss.

King Lear: Ay, every inch a king.

King Lear: I know you do not love me, For your sisters have, as I remember, done me wrong. You have some cause; they have not.
Cordelia: No cause, no cause.