30+ The Taming Of The Shrew Quotes To Help You Ace Your Shakespeare Studies

Quotes by William Shakespeare from all his plays are the precious gems of literature.

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'The Taming of The Shrew' is a comedy by William Shakespeare that had garnered much attention and has been adapted into many versions as well.

It is centered on two main characters, Katherine who is deemed as the "shrew" as per the title because of her outgoing attitude and wilfulness, and Petruchio who is her suitor. The main message of the play by William Shakespeare is that wives are pressured to be obedient to their husbands and this is because of the general disregard of female freedom during the Elizabethan era.

Because of the comic influence of the play from William Shakespeare, it can be considered that Kate and Petruchio eventually fall in love, but in truth, as the play goes, Petruchio prioritized the marriage dowry and the pride of having tamed the most shrewish lady. Even though it almost seems that Kate is tamed, it is mostly an act of pretense.

This play by William Shakespeare is a great example one can use to study the shrewd and limiting mindset of the 16th-century Elizabethan society and how they imposed restrictions upon women to be prim and proper wife material. If you are looking for some of the most famous quotes from this play and from William Shakespeare, here is a compact list that will come to your aid.

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Famous 'The Taming Of The Shrew' Quotes

'The taming of the Shrew' gives insight into 16th century societal constructs.

Are you looking for some of the best 'The Taming Of The Shrew' quotes? Here is a great list to help you out.

1. "No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en: In brief, sir, study what you most affect."

-Tranio, Act 1, Scene 1.

2. "As morning roses newly washed with dew: Say she be mute and will not speak a word, then I'll commend her volubility."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

3. "There's small choice in rotten apples."

-Hortensio, Act 1, Scene 1.

4. "Say that she rail, why then I'll tell her plain she sings as sweetly as a nightingale: Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

5. "If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day when I shall ask the banns and when be married."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

6. "And say she uttereth piercing eloquence: If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks, as though she bid me stay by her a week."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

7. "Old fashions please me best. I am not so nice to change true rules for old inventions."

-Bianca, Act 3 Scene 1.

8. "You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate, and bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst, but Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom, Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

9. "Why, there’s a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate."

-Petruchio, Act 5, Scene 1.

10. "Say that she frown; I'll say she looks as clear. As morning roses newly wash'd with dew."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

11. "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."

-Petruchio, Act 2, Scene 1.

12. "Think you a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar? Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds, Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat? Have I not heard great ordinance 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... Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs. Grumio: For he fears none."

-Petruchio,  Act 1, Scene 2.

13. "And where two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury."

-Petruchio, Act 2 Scene 1.

14. "Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, Shall win my love."

-Hortensio, Act 4, Scene 2.

15. "And if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl, and with the clamor keep her still awake. This is a way to kill a wife with kindness."

-Petruchio, Act 4, Scene 1.

16. "My falcon now is sharp and passing empty, and till she stoop she must not be full-gorged, for then she never looks upon her lure."

-Petruchio, Act 4, Scene 1.

17. "It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit."

-Petruchio, Act 4, Scene 3.

18. "I pray, sir, tell me, is it possible that love should of a sudden take such hold?"

-Tranio, Act 1, Scene 1.

Katherine 'Taming Of The Shrew' Quotes

Katherine is one of the most outgoing Shakespearean women.

If you are looking for some awesome quotes from 'Taming of the Shrew', Katherine quotes are some of the best. You can check out this list.

19. "Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, and for thy maintenance commits his body to painful labour both by sea and land, to watch the night in storms, the day in cold, whilst thou liest 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."

-Act 5, Scene 2.

20. "Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth, unapt to toil and trouble in the world, but that our soft conditions and our hearts should well agree with our external parts?"

-Act 5, Scene 1.

21. "I see a woman may be made a fool, If she had not a spirit to resist."

-Act 3, Scene 2.

22. "My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break."

-Act 4, Scene 3.

23. "Fie, fie! Unknit that threat'ning unkind brow, and dart not scornful glances from those eyes, to wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor."  

-Act 5, Scene 1.

24. "A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty."

-Act 5, Scene 2.

25.  "Forward, I pray, since we have come so far, and be it moon, or sun, or what you please.  And if you please to call it a rush-candle, henceforth I vow it shall be so for me."

-Act 4, Scene 5.

26. "Petruchio: Come, come, you wasp; i' faith, you are too angry.

Katherine: If I be waspish, best beware my sting."

-Act 2, Scene 1.

27. "Petruchio: Alas, good Kate, I will not burden thee,

For knowing thee to be but young and light—

Katherine: Too light for such a swain as you to catch,

And yet as heavy as my weight should be."

-Act 2, Scene 1.

28. "My mind hath been as big as one of yours, my heart as great, my reason haply more, to bandy word for word and frown for frown; 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.

29. "He’ll woo a thousand, 'point the day of marriage,

Make friends, invite, and proclaim the banns,

Yet never means to wed where he hath wooed."

-Act 3, Scene 1.

30. "I am asham'd that women are so simple to offer war where they should kneel for peace."

-Act 5, Scene 2.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for  'The taming of the Shrew' quotes then why not take a look at 'Twelfth Night' quotes, or ['The Tempest' quotes].


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