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1

Lear 1.1

"Nothing will come of nothing, speak again"

2

Lear, 1.4

"Who is it that can tell me who I am?"

3

Lear, 3.2

"I am a man more sinn'd against than sinning"

4

Edgar, 3.4

"Unaccomodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal, as thou art" Spoken in prose, contrasting Lear's previous blank verse and iambic pentameter, showing he is no longer "Every inch a king"This was also the first recorded use of the phrase 'unaccomodated man' in english language

5

Bradley

"He dies in agony... Not of pain but of ecstasy" (In the belief that Cordelia is alive)

6

Bruce

"Although Lear's actions don't help, they are the catalyst rather than the cause"

7

Harold Bloom

"The descent from monarch to 'unaccommodated man' thus conveys most potently man's fragility, fallibility and fatality"

8

Lear finally finds wisdom

"They told me I was everything: 'tis a lis, I an not age-proof"

9

A. W. Schlegal

Lear's downfall is a "fall from the highest elevation into the deepest abyss of misery"

10

Regan, 1.1

"He hath but slenderly known himself"

11

Fintan O'Toole

"In losing Cordelia, Lear loses his connection to that ordered feudal world"

12

A. C. Bradley

"Evil is overcome and replaced by order, unity and goodness"

13

Hazlitt

"Giddy anarchy"

14

Dr Samuel Johnson

Gloucester's blinding scene is "one of the most painful in all English theatre"

15

Jan Kott

"All that remains at the end of this gigantic pantomime is the earth, empty and bleeding"

16

Samuel Johnson

"There is no scene which does not add to the aggravation or distress"

17

Samuel Johnson

"A play in which the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry"

18

D. J. Enright

"The principal characters are not those who act but those who suffer"

19

George Bernard Shaw

"No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear"

20

Kent, 1.1 [response to Lear]

"See better"

21

Goneril, 1.1

"Dearer than eyesight"

22

Gloucester, 4.1

"I stumbled when I saw"

23

Gloucester, 4.6

"I see it feelingly"

24

Cordelia, 1.1

"With wash'd eyes, Cordelia leaves you"

25

Foakes

"[Gloucester] gains true sight after he is blinded"

26

Lear, 1.1 [to Kent]

"Out of my sight"

27

Lear, 1.1

"Set my rest on her kind nursery"

28

Lear 1.1

"Great rivals in our youngest daughter's loveLong in our court"

29

Lear, 2.4

"Thy fifty yet doth double five and twenty, and thou art love her twice"

30

R. W. Chambers

"A vast poem on the victory of true love"