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Famous Quotations from The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is packed with memorable lines and expressions we use every day. The following are our picks for the ten most famous passages from the play.

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?
(3.1.54), Shylock

My own flesh and blood.
(3.1.32), Shylock

In the twinkling of an eye.
(2.2.160), Launcelot

Love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.
(2.6.38), Jessica

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath.
(4.1.191), Portia

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
(2.2.74), Launcelot

With bated breath and whispering humbleness.
(1.3.124), Shylock

All that glisters is not gold.
(2.7.67), Morocco

Let it serve for table-talk.
(3.5.84), Lorenzo

These blessed candles of the night.
(5.1.233), Bassanio


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