Julius Caesar Quotes Flashcard Example #90034

“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look”
This was a quote by Julius Caesar early in the play when he tells Mark Antony that he does not trust Cassius and thinks that Cassius is trying to do something Caesar doesn’t like
“No, Caesar hath it not; but you, and I, and honest Casca, we have the falling-sickness.”
This was a quote spoken by Cassius to say that the more power that Caesar gains, the less power that Cassius and the senators and commoners of Rome will possess.
“Ay, he spoke Greek”
Casca says this to describe Cicero’s words during the feast of Lupercal.
“Beware the ides of March.”
This was a quote said by the Soothsayer to forewarn Julius Caesar to be careful on March, 15, 44 B.C.E
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.”
Julius Caesar describes through this quote that cowards will miss out on a lot of opportunities and therefore should just die each time, but the valiant people take every opportunity, so the only time they will die is when they really do. This applies to Caesar going to work on the Ides of March.
“I am constant as the Northern Star”
Julius Caesar says this quote when Metellus Cimber requests his brother back from exile. Caesar refuses to change his mind, telling him that Popilius Cimber should stay at exile.
“Et tu, Brute?”
Julius Caesar’s last words after Brutus stabs him in his death scene. Caesar is the most surprised by Brutus turning on him, since Caesar had so much trust and friendship in him.
“For Antony is but a limb of Caesar”
Brutus is not afraid of Antony, and he thinks that he needs Caesar in order to function properly. This is one of Brutus’s 4 fatal mistakes.
“Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war”
Antony says this quote as a revenge to the conspirators for killing Caesar. His nice attitude to them is just to hide the revenge he is feeling inside.
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”
This is the beginning of the first part of Antony’s speech. He uses this three-word phrase as a form of parallelism but also as a means of addressing to everyone in a positive manner.
“Brutus is an honorable man.”
Brutus told Antony not to say anything bad about him and the conspirators. Antony’s literal word choice did this, but this phrase, for example, loses literal effect as it turns into a sarcastic phrase to tell the crowd that he should be killed.
“This was the most unkindest cut of all.”
When Antony shows the dead body of Caesar to the crowd, he gives random conspirators names assigned to each and every cut. He says he that Brutus betrayed Caesar the most when Brutus stabbed him.
“Who is here so base, that would be a bondman; who is here so rude that would not be a Roman; who is here so vile that will not love his country?”
This was a series of parallel, rhetorical questions set out by Brutus to ask the audience who is there not like one of us. This occurs during Caesar’s funeral, when Brutus is just about to end his speech.
“Not that I loved Ceaser less, but that I loved Rome more”
This was the best reason Brutus can give for the death of Julius Caesar without saying anything about him or the conspiracy. He believed that Caesar’s death would benefit Rome more than it would hurt the city.
“This was the noblest Roman of them all.”
This was Antony’s words as he describes Brutus, who had just killed himself by having Strato hold his sword and Antony describes as noble and honorable.
“I was not born to die on Brutus’s sword.”
This quote was spoken by Octavius to Brutus and Cassius during the first series of battles. This is true despite the fact that both Julius Caesar and Brutus die on that same sword.

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