What quote(s) from Macbeth talks about why Macbeth killed Duncan and Banquo?

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He decides to kill Duncan in the first act, and his quote that supports his fears is in Act I, sc 4.  He is not happy that Malcolm is next in line, so he must move quickly if he is to kill Duncan.

The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.

Then in Act III, sc 1, he asks Banquo where he's riding, when he'll be back, and if his son is going.  He is setting up the murder of Banquo at this point.  This is his quote from that scene:

Our fears in Banquo
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature
Reigns that which would be fear'd: 'tis much he dares;
And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
To act in safety. There is none but he
Whose being I do fear: and, under him,
My Genius is rebuked.

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