Read our selection of the very best quotes from Titus Andronicus, along with speaker, act and scene. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most grisly, set in and around Rome and covering historical events in the fifth century AD. Shakespeare’s snappy dialogue brings the characters to life with some great dialogue and some memorable quotes, some still in common use today. Read on below for the most well known and significant Titus Andronicus quotes:

A nobler man, a braver warrior,
Lives not this day within the city walls.

Marcus (Act 1, Scene 1)

And if thy sons were ever dear to thee,
O think my son to be as dear to me.

Tamora (Act 1, Scene 1)

You are but newly planted in your throne…
I’ll find a day to massacre them all
And raze their faction and their family.

Tamora (Act 1, Scene 1)

O cruel, irreligious piety!

Tamora (Act 1, Scene 1)

Content thee, prince, I will restore to thee
The people’s hearts, and wean them from themselves.

Titus (Act 1, Scene 1)

And make them know what ’tis to let a queen
Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.

Tamora (Act 1, Scene 1)

She is a woman, therefore may be wooed:
She is a woman, therefore may be won:
She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved.

Demetrius (Act 2, Scene 1)

Chiron, we hunt not, we, with horse nor hound,
But hope to pluck a dainty doe to ground.

Demetrius (Act 2, Scene 2)

Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.

Aaron (Act 2, Scene 3)

When did the tiger’s young ones teach the dam?
O, do not learn her wrath; she taught it thee.

Lavinia (Act 2, Scene 3)

Madam, though Venus govern your desires,
Saturn is dominator over mine.

Aaron (Act 2, Scene 3)

Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.

Aaron (Act 2, Scene 3)

The worse to her, the better loved of me.

Tamora (Act 2, Scene 3)

Alas, a crimson river of warm blood,
Like to a bubbling fountain stirred with wind,
Doth rise and fall between thy rosed lips,
Coming and going with thy honey breath.

Marcus (Act 2, Scene 4)

Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive
That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?

Titus (Act 3, Scene 1)

Why… dost thou not perceive
That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?
Tigers must prey, and Rome affords no prey
But me and mine.

Titus Andronicus (Act 3, Scene 1)

Alas, poor man! Grief has so wrought on him,
He takes false shadows for true substances.

Marcus (Act 3, Scene 2)

Grandsire, ’tis Ovid’s Metamorphosis.
My mother gave it me.

Young Lucius (Act 4, Scene 1)

Demetrius: Villain, what hast thou done?
Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.

(Act 4, Scene 2)

Here is the babe… The Empress sends it thee…
And bids thee christen it with thy dagger’s point.

Nurse (Act 4, Scene 2)

We will solicit heaven and move the gods
To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs.

Titus Andronicus (Act 4, Scene 3)

I curse the day …
Wherein I did not some notorious ill … or plot the way to do it.

Aaron (Act 5, Scene 1)

I have done a thousand dreadful things
As willingly as one would kill a fly,
And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
But that I cannot do ten thousand more.

Aaron (Act 5, Scene 1)

I am Revenge, sent from th’ infernal kingdom
To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind.

Tamora (Act 5, Scene 2)

Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee,
And with thy shame thy father’s sorrow die!

Titus (Act 5, Scene 3)

O, let me teach you how to knit again
This scattered corn into one mutual sheaf,
These broken limbs again into one body.

Marcus (Act 5, Scene 3)

Die, die, Lavinia, and thy shame with thee,
And with thy shame thy father’s sorrow die.

Titus Andronicus (Act 5, Scene 3)

Why, there they are, both bakèd in this pie,
Whereof their mother daintily hath fed,
Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred.

Titus Andronicus (Act 5, Scene 3)

May I govern so
To heal Rome’s harms and wipe away her woe!

Lucius (Act 5, Scene 3)

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