Read our selection of the very best quotes from The Comedy of Errors, along with speaker, act and scene. Set in ancient Greece The Comedy of Errors plays strongly on the theme of love and the relationships between men and women. As with all of his plays Shakespeare brings the characters to life with some pithy dialogue and memorable quotes. Read on below for the most well known and significant The Comedy of Errors quotes:

For we may pity though not pardon thee.

Duke (Act 1, Scene 1)

Hopeless and helpless doth Egeon wend,
But to procrastinate his lifeless end.

Egeon (Act 1, Scene 1)

I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth –
Unseen, inquisitive – confounds himself.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Act 1, Scene 2)

There’s none but asses will be bridled so.

Adriana (Act 2, Scene 1)

How many fond fools serve mad jealousy!

Luciana (Act 2, Scene 1)

Fie, brother, how the world is changed with you!

Luciana (Act 2, Scene 2)

Every why hath a wherefore.

Dromio of Syracuse, (Act 2, Scene 2)

Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?
Sleeping or waking, mad or well-advised?
Known unto these and to myself disguised?
I’ll say as they say, and persever so,
And in this mist at all adventures go.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Act 2, Scene 2)

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.

Balthazar (Act 3, Scene 1)

O, villain, thou hast stol’n both mine office and my name:
The one ne’er got me credit, the other mickle blame.

Dromio of Ephesus (Act 3, Scene 1)

If everyone knows us and we know none,
‘Tis time, I think, to trudge, pack and be gone.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Act 3, Scene 2)

Ill deeds is doubled with an evil word.

Luciana (Act 3, Scene 2)

O, train me not, Sweet mermaid, with thy note
To drown me in thy sister’s flood of tears.

Sing, Siren, for thyself, and I will dote.

Spread o’er the silver waves thy golden hairs.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Act 3, Scene 2)

I buy a thousand pound a year! I buy a rope!

Dromio of Ephesus (Act 4, Scene 1)

He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
Ill-faced, worse bodied, Shapeless everywhere,
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.

Adriana (Act 4, Scene 2)

Marry, he must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.

Dromio of Syracuse (Act 4, Scene 3)

Sure these are but imaginary wiles,
And Lapland sorcerers inhabit here.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Act 4, Scene 3)

The venom clamors of a jealous woman
Poisons more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.

Emilia (Act 5, Scene 1)

I see we still did meet each other’s man,
And I was ta’en for him, and he for me,
And thereupon these errors are arose.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Act 5, Scene 1)

We came into the world like brother and brother,
And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.

Dromio of Ephesus (Act 5, Scene 1)

A hungry lean-faced villain,
A mere anatomy

Antipholus of Ephesus (Act 5, Scene 1)

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