Dette er noen utvalgte sitater fra stykket.
I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano,
A stage where every man must play a part,
And mine a sad one.
If to do were as easy as to know what were good
to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s
cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows
his own instructions. I can easier teach twenty what were
good to be done than be one of the twenty to follow
mine own teaching. The brain may devise laws for the
blood, but a hot temper leaps o’er a cold decree, such a
hare is madness the youth to skip o’er the meshes of good
counsel the cripple. But this reasoning is not in the
fashion to choose me a husband.
How like a fawning publican he looks. Hvordan han ser ut som en skatteinnkrever.
I hate him for he is a Christian; Jeg hater ham, fordi han er kristen.
But more, for that in low simplicity Men enda mer, fordi han i naiv enkelhet
He lends out money gratis and brings down Låner ut penger gratis og ødelegger
The rate of usance here with us in Venice. Lånerenten her hos oss i Venezia.