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Quote:  “I am but a cobbler, a mender of bad soles.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 13-15.  Cobbler to Marullus.  Men have gathered on the streets of Rome, awaiting Caesar’s return. Marullus, a tribune, a person selected by the Roman Senate to represent the interests of the Roman plebeians, the general public, is there to help keep order. Marullus has asked a citizen “What trade are you?” The plebeian, a cobbler, offers this quote and goes on to say “I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them.”

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Quote:  “These growing feathers plucked from Caesar’s wing will make him fly an
ordinary height, who else would soar above the view of men and keep us all in
servile fearfulness.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 77-80.  Flavius to Marullus.  Caesar is now returning to Rome from a brief campaign, having killed two of his competitors: Pompey’s sons. The two tribunes, Flavius and Marullus, represent the plebeians and the two of them are not at all happy with Caesar’s campaign to assassinate his political rivals. This comment by one tribune to the other sets the tone for the play: Julius Caesar has his enemies.

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Quote: “Beware the ides of March.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Line 21.
Soothsayer to Caesar.  As Caesar and his entourage enter Rome, the Soothsayer shouts this famous quote. Caesar asks Marcus Brutus “What man is that?” Brutus says simply “A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.” Caesar dismisses the comment, saying “He is a dreamer. Let us leave him.” Caesar should have heeded the comment.

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Quote: “I love the name of honor more than I fear
death.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 95-96.  Brutus to Cassius.  Caius Cassius, a patrician, is eager to form a coalition of conspirators. To meet his goal, Cassius needs the support of Brutus, perhaps Rome’s most respected statesman. Cassius aggressively but delicately tries to persuade Brutus to join his cause, but Brutus becomes a little impatient with the meandering, saying “wherefore do you hold me here so long? What is it that you would impart to me?” Brutus says “If it be toward the common good,” and offers this quote.

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Quote:   “I had as lief not be as live to be in awe of such a thing as I myself.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 102-103.  Cassius to Brutus.  Brutus has said that he believes in honor and the common good. Cassius, trying to recruit Brutus to his cause, follows up with “Well, honor is the subject of my story.” Essentially, Cassius resents Caesar’s rise to the top, saying “I was born free as Caesar; so were you; we can both endure the winter’s cold as well as he.” He also offers this quote.

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Quote:  “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are
underlings.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 147-148.  Cassius to Brutus.  Cassius continues his push to persuade Brutus to join in the conspiracy to end Caesar’s reign, saying “Men at some time are masters of their fates.” Persuasive Cassius offers this famous quote.

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Quote:  “He once said he would have permitted the
devil to reign in Rome as soon as allow a king to reign.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2,
Lines 168-170.  Cassius to Brutus.  Cassius offers Brutus this powerful quote, speaking of Lucius Brutus, Brutus’ supposed ancestor, who, some said, founded the Roman Republic. The word on the street is that on the ides of March Caesar is to be crowned king by the Roman Senate.

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Quote:  “Brutus had rather be a villager than to repute himself a son of Rome under
these hard conditions as this time is like to lay upon us.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 181-184.  Brutus to Cassius.  Brutus has committed to consider Cassius’ arguments, finally saying “My noble friend, chew upon this.” Brutus, planning to join the cause, but remaining cautious, offers this quote.

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Quote:  “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
He thinks too much.  Such men are
dangerous.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 204-205.  Caesar to Antony.  Caesar has just told Mark Antony, his key aide, to “let me have men about me that are fat.” Seeing Cassius on the side of the street, Caesar offers this quote. Antony tells him “Fear him not, Caesar; he’s not dangerous.” Caesar responds “Would he were fatter!”

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Quote:  “Those sparks of life that should be in a Roman you do want, or else you use
not.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 60-62.  Cassius to Casca.  On a street in Rome, Cassius is trying to convince Casca to join the conspiracy. Casca is frightened by the severe thunder and lightning, believing “they are portentous things.” Cassius offers him this quote. Casca reflects on Cassius’ comments.