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The Romance of Romeo and Juliet Quotes

Ah, Romeo and Juliet, that most classic of classics.  Regarded as one of the most romantic of the bard’s tales, the tragic tale of the unlucky teenage lovers whose love was barred at every turn by their respective warring families, is a play that has spawned some of William Shakespeare’s most famous and instantly recognizable quotes.  Spout famous quotes from Romeo and Juliet with gusto, and you will be regarded as a consummate Casanova.

"For never was a story of more woe; Than this of Juliet and her Romeo", Shakespeare warns us near the beginning of the play.  He intends to pull no punches.  The sticking point is the fact that he, unfortunately, is a Montague, and she is a Capulet, and never the twain shall meet.  Romeo, once in love with Juliet, does not see the problem.  "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet", he explains in another popular Shakespeare quote. 

We of course have lots of Romeo and Juliet quotes which are purely romantic in nature, despite their play being clearly a tragedy.  Many of these come throughout the play as Romeo struggles to express the love he feels for Juliet.  When pondering the beauty of his new love, Romeo’s heart can find no equal.  “One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun; Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun.”  He feels strongly that there has never been any woman more beautiful that Juliet ever to walk the face of the Earth.  “O! She doth teach the torches to burn bright" "It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear." 

Romeo is clearly smitten with Juliet, and the strength of his love ultimately leads him to commit suicide when he learns, in error, that she is dead. 

Juliet, while also prone to somewhat idealistic feelings towards her young love, is keen to hear from his heart.  As Romeo meets Juliet on the balcony, he begins a long sonnet to show Juliet how he feels about her.  He is stopped sudden by a simple Romeo and Juliet quote – Juliet simply asks “Dost though love me?” (Do you love me?), and with that she makes a bid to cut through the poetic to get to the real truth, the heart of the matter.  It is a Shakespeare quote for those who are sick of hearing overly flowery or sickly prose regarding feelings of love.

One of the most famous of Shakespeare’s quotes, Juliet asks Romeo to throw off the oppressive clutches of his family because the love between them is worth so much more than family ties.  “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love; And I'll no longer be a Capulet.”  She is also willing to turn her back on her own family and their squabbles with the Montagues to be with him. 
This quote, like many of Romeo and Juliet, is a William Shakespeare quote that has entered the popular vernacular, and few do not instantly recognize it.


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Romeo and Juliet Quotes


Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

Romeo, scene v

You kiss by th' book.

Juliet, scene v

My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!

Juliet, scene v


Romeo and Juliet Quotes



But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!

Romeo, scene ii

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Capulet.

Juliet, scene ii

Tis but thy name that is my enemy; —
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title: — Romeo, doff thy name;
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

Juliet, scene ii, a variant in many published editions reads: What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other word would smell as sweet.


I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I'll be new baptis'd;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

Romeo, scene ii

O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

Juliet, scene ii

Romeo: O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?
Juliet: What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?
Romeo: The exchange of thy love's faithful vow for mine.
Juliet: I gave thee mine before thou didst request it:
And yet I would it were to give again.
Romeo: Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?
Juliet: But to be frank, and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have;
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

Scene ii

Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

Romeo, scene ii

Good-night, good-night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.

Juliet, scene ii




Romeo and Juliet Quotes


Romeo, the hate I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: thou art a villain.

Tybalt, scene i


I am hurt; —
A plague o' both the houses! — I am sped. —
Is he gone, and hath nothing?

Mercutio, scene i


There's no trust,
No faith, no honesty in men; all are perjur'd
All foresworn, all naught, all dissemblers.

Nurse, scene ii

Wilt thou be gone? it is not yet near day.
It was the nightingale, and not the lark,
That pierc'd the fearful hollow of thine ear;
Nightly she sings on yond pomegranate tree.
Believe me love, it was the nightingale.

Juliet, scene v


Romeo and Juliet Quotes


Tell me not, friar, that thou hear'st of this,
Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it:
If, in thy wisdom, thou canst give no help,
Do thou but call my resolution wise,
And with this knife I'll help it presently.
God join'd my heart and Romeo's, thou our hands;
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal'd,
Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Turn to another, this shall slay them both:
Therefore, out of thy long-experienc'd time,
Give me some present counsel; or behold,
'Twixt my extremes and me, this bloody knife
Shall play the umpire; arbitrating that
Which the commission of thy years and art
Could to no issue of true honour bring.
Be not so long to speak; I long to die,
If what thou speak'st speak not of remedy.

Juliet, scene i

Or bid me go into a new-made grave,
And hide me with a dead man in his shroud —
Things that, to hear them told, have made me tremble —
And I will do it without fear or doubt,
To live an unstain'd wife to my sweet love.

Juliet, scene i

O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day!
Most lamentable day! Most woeful day
That ever, ever I did yet behold!
O day, O day, O day! O hateful day!
Never was seen so black a day as this.
O woeful day! O woeful day!

Nurse, scene v



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