Looking for The Taming of the Shrew quotes? Read our selection of the very best quotes from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew along with speaker, act and scene. As with all of his plays Shakespeare brings his many characters to life with memorable dialogue and some memorable quotes.

Read on below for the most well known and significant The Taming of the Shrew quotes:

“Would not the beggar then forget himself?”

Lord (Induction, Scene 1)

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

Tranio (Act 1, Scene 1)

“Faith, as you say, there’s small choice in rotten apples.”

Hortensio (Act 1, Scene 1)

“O this learning, what a thing it is!”

Gremio (Act 1, Scene 2)

“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
As morning roses newly washed with dew:
Say she be mute and will not speak a word,
Then I’ll commend her volubility,
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:
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)

“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)

“If I be waspish, best beware my sting.”

Katherine (Act 2, Scene 1)

“I never yet beheld that special face
Which I could fancy more than any other.”

Bianca (Act 2, Scene 1)

“Old fashions please me best. I am not so nice
To change true rules for old inventions.”

Bianca (Act 3, Scene 1)

“I see a woman may be made a fool
If she had not a spirit to resist.”

Katherine (Act 3, Scene 2)

“She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
My household stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything.”

Petruchio (Act 3, Scene 2)

“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.”

Katherina (Act 4, Scene 5)

“Fie, fie! Unknit that threat’ning unkind brow,
And dart not scornful glances from those eyes,
To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor.”

Katherine (Act 5, Scene 1)

“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?”

Katherine (Act 5, Scene 1)

“Why, there’s a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate.”

Petruchio (Act 5, Scene 1)

“Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,/Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee.”

Katherine (Act 5, Scene 2)

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