25 Best Othello Quotes By William Shakespeare

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Jan 29, 2024 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Feb 24, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ is a story of jealousy, suspicion, and deceit.

The story involves the treachery of Iago against Othello, a Moor General in the Venetian Army. The deceit results in the death of Othello’s wife and Cassio, a lieutenant under him which eventually leads to Othello’s own demise.

The backstory of the play by William Shakespeare surrounds the story of Iago with a cruel plan up his sleeve where he causes Othello, his lord, to suspect his trusted lieutenant Cassio and his wife, Desdemona. Othello orders Cassio to be killed and kills his loving wife himself due to this suspicion. As the play progresses, we see the character of Iago slowly put forward his plans and distort Othello’s relationship with Cassio initially and then doubts his loyal other half.

The name ‘Othello’ has a Hebrew origin and literally means ‘He has the sound of God’. William Shakespeare managed to show us the true tragedy behind jealousy and suspicion in 'Othello'. All of his other works are equally great. We all love William Shakespeare quotes and people truly enjoy the dialogues of every character from 'Othello'. We have created a list for you with a variety of excerpts from this tragedy by William Shakespeare.

If you find our content interesting, you can definitely check out famous 'Hamlet' quotes and [Shakespeare quotes about death].

Famous ‘Othello’ Quotes From The Play

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All of us love the works of William Shakespeare. Othello is a true tragedy where in spite of Cassio and his spouse being true to him, Othello starts doubting them. Here are some important quotes from Othello which stay in all of our heads.

1. “For she had eyes and chose me.”

- Othello, Act 3 Scene 3.

2. “I kissed thee ere I killed thee—no way but this, killing myself to die upon a kiss”

- Othello, Act 5 Scene 2.

3.  “Where’s that snake? Bring the villain forward.”

- Lodovico, Act 5 Scene 2.

4. “Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.”

- Cassio, Act 2 Scene 3.

5. “I think this tale would win my daughter too.

Good Brabantio,...

- Duke of Venice, Act 1 Scene 3.  

Popular ‘Othello’ Love Quotes Which Are Liked

The main thing we notice in this famous play is that Othello and Desdemona have a lot of love for each other, in spite of that, things take a turn for the worst. Here are some popular lines about love from any speech or dialogue from the tragedy by William Shakespeare.

6. “She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them. This only is the witchcraft I have used.”

- Othello,Act 1 Scene 3.

7. “And his unkindness may defeat my life, But never taint my love.”

- Desdemona, Act 4 Scene 2.

8. “[Exeunt Iago and Attendants.] And, till she come, as truly as to heaven I do confess the vices of my blood, So justly to your grave ears I'll present How I did thrive in this fair lady's love, And she in mine.”

- Othello,  Act 1 Scene 3.

9. “Let me speak like yourself, and lay a sentence,

Which, as a grise or step, may help these lovers...

- Duke of Venice,  Act 2 Scene 1.

10. “Her father loved me; oft invited me;

Still question'd me the story of my life,...”

- Othello, Act 1 Scene 3.

Memorable 'Othello' Jealousy Quotes

The thing about jealousy is that it makes a human blind. Here are some popular excerpts about jealousy from the work of Shakespeare.

11. “Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy!

It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock

The meat it feeds on.”

- Iago,  Act 3 Scene 3.

12. “The native act and figure of my heart

In compliment extern, ’tis not long after

But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve.”

- Iago, Act 1 Scene 1.

13. “But jealous souls will not be answered so.

They are not ever jealous for the cause,

But jealous for they’re jealous. It is a monster

Begot upon itself, born on itself.”

- Emilia,  Act 3 Scene 4.

14. “But partly led to diet my revenge for that I do suspect the lusty Moor hath leaped into my seat.”

- Iago,  Act 2 Scene 1.

‘Othello’ Desdemona Quotes Which You Will Love

Othello’s wife was loyal to him and truly loved him but due to deceit was thought to be disloyal by Othello. Here are some of Desdemona’s dialogues from the tragedy by William Shakespeare that you will truly enjoy!

15. “I do perceive here a divided duty.”

- Desdemona,  Act 1 Scene 3.

16. “I think the sun where he was born

Drew all such humors from him.”

- Desdemona,  Act 3 Scene 4.

17. “Kill me tomorrow; let me live tonight.”

- Desdemona,  Act 5 Scene 2.

18. “Do not doubt that; before Emilia here

I give thee warrant of thy place: assure thee,....”

- Desdemona,  Act 3 Scene 3.

19. “Emilia, come. Be as your fancies teach you;

Whate'er you be, I am obedient.”

- Desdemona,  Act 2 Scene 1.

20. “Beshrew me if I would do such a wrong

For the whole world.”

- Desdemona,  Act 4 Scene 3.

Famous ‘Othello’ Iago Quotes

Iago’s nature is unveiled as being treacherous and jealous as the play progresses, being the cause of the resulting deaths and tragedy. Here are some dialogues that help us understand the nature of Iago, the character by William Shakespeare who betrays his lord.

21. “I follow him to serve my turn upon him.”

- Iago, Act 1 Scene 1.

22. “But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at: I am not what I am.”

- Iago, Act 1  Scene 1.

23. “I know my price, I am worth no worse a place.”

- Iago, Act 1  Scene 1.

24. “It is as sure as you are Roderigo,

Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago.

In following him, I follow but myself. ”

- Iago, Act 1 Scene 1.

25. “Men in rage strike those that wish them best.”

- Iago, Act 2 Scene 3.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Othello' quotes then why not take a look at Lady Macbeth quotes, or 'The Taming of the Shrew' quotes.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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