Over the years No Sweat Shakespeare users have asked us to translate many quotes from Julius Caesar into plain English. The list below links to the most popular Julius Caesar quotes and their modern English translation, whilst underneath those is a selection of other Julius Caesar quotes translated.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

What, urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the capitol. I wish your enterprise today may thrive. He wished today our enterprise might thrive. I fear our purpose is discovered.

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

A member of the public, Artemidorus, wants to warn Caesar of the conspiracy. He tries to give the letter to him as the senators are arriving at the Capitol. Cassius stops him. ‘What are you doing?’ he says ‘Making your requests to Caesar in the streets? Come to the Capitol.’ As the senators enter, Popilius, one of them says to Cassius, ‘I hope your project succeeds today.’ Cassius panics as he thinks Popilius knows about the conspiracy. Cassius then tells Brutus what he has said. He tells him: ‘He said he hoped that our project would succeed. I fear that our conspiracy has been found out.’


Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

“and keep us in servile fearfulness…”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

And keep us in a state of oppressed terror

 

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“I have veiled my look”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

I have hidden my true feelings

 

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

“Can you see your face?”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Are you able to look at your own face?

 

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“Men at some time are masters of their fates”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Men can control their own destinies.

 

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“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

That Cassius has a thin and hungry look about him

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“…he would fain have had it.”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

He would have liked to have accepted the crown.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

“Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius”

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

I will free myself from slavery

 

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene II).

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Friends, Romans and fellow countrymen, hear me. I’ve come here to participate in Caesar’s funeral, not to praise him. Read the complete “Friends, Romans, countrymen” speech explained.

 

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A dish fit for the gods. (Julius Caesar Act II, Scene I)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

A dish fit for the gods.

 

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me (Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

But as for me, I didn’t understand a word he said.

 

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Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war. (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene I)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Call for violence and start the war.

 

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Et tu, Brute! (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene I).

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

You too, Brutus.

 

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

It isn’t because I didn’t love Caesar, but that I loved Rome more.

 

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Men at some time are masters of their fates:  The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. (Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Men can control their destinies. The reason that we are oppressed, dear Brutus, is not a matter of fate, but because we don’t do anything about it.

 

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This was the noblest Roman of them all. (Julius Caesar Act V, Scene V)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Brutus was the noblest Roman of them all.

 

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Beware the ides of March. (Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Beware the 15th of March.

 

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Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much: such men are dangerous. (Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

That Cassius is thin and hungry looking. Men like that are dangerous.

 

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When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

When the poor suffered Caesar cried for them. Ambition is tougher than that.

 

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Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;
seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come. (Julius Caesar Act II, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

Cowards go through a death-like experience many times before they die. Brave men experience it only once. Of all the inexplicable things that I have ever heard it seems to me that the strangest is that men should fear death, seeing that, as it must inevitably happen, it will come when it comes.

 

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For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men. (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene II)

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

As he was valiant, I honour him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.

 

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Hello
I am asking you to PLEASE translate the following lines said by Brutus
in Julius Caesar.

It is the bright day that brings forth the adder;
And that craves wary walking. Crown him?-that-
And then, I grant, we put a sting in him,
That at his will be may do danger with.
Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoins

THANK YOU

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

It’s the sunny day that brings the snakes out, and that means we have to tread carefully. If we crown him we will put a bite in him that will make him dangerous when he wants to be. Greatness is abused.

It means that if you crown Caesar king you will be giving him power that he could use against you

 

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

What, urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the capitol. I wish your
enterprise today may thrive. He wished today our enterprise might thrive. I
fear our purpose is discovered.

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

A member of the public, Artemidorus, wants to warn Caesar of the conspiracy. He tries to give the letter to him as the senators are arriving at the Capitol. Cassius stops him. ‘What are you doing?’ he says ‘Making your requests to Caesar in the streets? Come to the Capitol.’ As the senators enter, Popilius, one of them says to Cassius, ‘I hope your project succeeds today.’ Cassius panics as he thinks Popilius knows about the conspiracy. Cassius then tells Brutus what he has said. He tells him: ‘He said he hoped that our project would succeed. I fear that our conspiracy has been found out.’

 

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

I know where i will wear this dagger then;
Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius.
Therein, you gods, you make the weak most strong;
Therein, you gods, you tyrants do defeat.
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
If i know this, know all the world besides,
That part of tyranny i do bear
I can shake off at pleasure.

Plain English Julius Caesar

I know where I’m going to wear this dagger then. Cassius is going to
liberate Cassius from slavery. With this, you gods, you will make the
weak strong. With this, you gods, you defeat tyrants. Stony towers,
and walls of beaten brass, stuffy dungeons and strong iron chains
can’t defeat the strength of the spirit. Life, when tired of these
worldly barriers, always has the power to end itself. Of all the
things in the world that I know, I know this: if I am the victim of
tyranny I can shake it off at any time I please.

 

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Quote

Cowards die many times before their deaths.

Plain English Julius Caesar Quote

It means that cowards fear death so much that they go through a death-like fear every time they think about death.

 

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