Looking for Measure for Measure quotes? Read our selection of the very best quotes from Measure for Measure, along with speaker, act and scene. The play deals with the corruptive nature of power and the position and exploitation of women in society, and has many quotes along these themes that are commonly recognised to this day.

Read on below for the most well known and significant Measure for Measure quotes:

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

Lucio (Act 1, Scene 5)

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

Escalus (Act 2, Scene 1)

Condemn the fault and not the actor of it?

Angelo (Act 2, Scene 2)

O, it is excellent
To have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.

Isabella (Act 2, Scene 2)

Is this her fault or mine?
The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?

Angelo (Act 2, Scene 2)

The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.

Claudio (Act 3, Scene 1)

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good.

Duke (Act 3, Scene 1)

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

Duke (Act 3, Scene 1)

If thou art rich, thou’rt poor; For, like an ass whose back with ingots bows, Thou bear’st thy heavy riches but a journey, And death unloads thee.”

Duke (Act 3, Scene 1)

O, what may man within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!

Duke (Act 3, Scene 1)

Truth is truth
To th’end of reck’ning.

Isabella (Act 5, Scene 1)

Haste still pays haste, and leisure answers leisure,
Like doth quit like, and measure still for measure.

Duke (Act 5, Scene 1)

What’s mine is yours and what is yours is mine.

Duke (Act 5, Scene 1)

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