Would I be wrong to say that everyone knows or has at least heard of the story of Romeo and Juliet? In this William Shakespeare play, two lovers from feuding families fall in love with each other and eventually kill themselves as they cannot handle not being with each other. As tragic as the play's ending is, this Shakespeare brainchild has grown to be one of the most popular, if not the most popular, love stories of all time. If you do not believe me, here are some Romeo and Juliet quotes that will prove just how this magnificent this play is.
To recapitulate, the story of Romeo and Juliet revolves around two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, and how the death of the two lovers eventually led to them reuniting. The narrative is set in the 14th century, and like many other Shakespeare plays, it is quite gripping; here are some key quotes Romeo and Juliet to prove this.
Romeo and Juliet key quotes
Ever wondered why people, when talking about a couple in love (especially forbidden love), refer to them as "Romeo and Juliet"? It may be due to the inexplicable love that these two characters portrayed in the play, and it may also be due to the way their words clearly showed how much they felt for each other. Here are some Romeo and Juliet love quotes that will make you feel for the unlucky couple even more.
Today, the name "Romeo" is used to signify an attractive and passionate man who can seduce you with his words. Was the original Romeo this good with words? These Romeo key quotes should answer our question.
- I fear too early, for my mind misgives; Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin. - Act 1, Scene 4
- I take thee at thy word: Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptiz’d; Henceforth I never will be Romeo. - Act 2, Scene 2
- O she doth teach the torches to burn bright. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night; As a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear. - Act 1, Scene 5
- O true apothecary, Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die. - Act 5, Scene 3
- But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. - Act 2, Scene 2
- Under love’s heavy burden do I sink. - Act 1, Scene 4
- With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out. - Act 2, Scene 2
- O sweet Juliet; Thy beauty hath made me effeminate; And in my temper softened valor’s steel! - Act 3, Scene 1
- Let’s talk; it is not day. - Act 3, Scene 5
- I defy you, stars! - Act 5, Scene 1
- See how she leans her cheek upon her hand, O that I were a glove upon that hand that I might touch that cheek! - Act 2, Scene 2
Among the most popular quotes from Romeo and Juliet are those uttered by the latter, a love-struck Capulet who fakes her death and lies in a tomb in order to be with her love. Romeo does not receive the news that Juliet is faking her death, visits her tomb in Verona, and proceeds to drink poison so that they can be together in death. When Juliet wakes up and finds Romeo dead, she proceeds to kill herself with his dagger. Devastating, right?
- O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? - Act 2, Scene 2
- This is thy sheath [stabs herself]; there rest, and let me die. - Act 5, Scene 3
- My only love sprung from my only hate; Too early seen unknown, and known too late! - Act 1, Scene 5
- Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine; That all the world will be in love with night; And pay no worship to the garish sun. - Act 3, Scene 2
- Come, gentle night, come, loving black-browed night, Give me my Romeo, and when I shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars. - Act 3, Scene 2
- So tedious is this day; As is the night before some festival; To an impatient child that hath new robes; And may not wear them. - Act 3, Scene 2
- Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Act 2, Scene 2
- I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them; To make me die with a restorative. - Act 5, Scene 3
- 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. - Act 2, Scene 2
- 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. - Act 2, Scene 2
Mercutio is a character that cannot be overlooked. He is Romeo's close friend who is killed by Juliet's cousin, Tybalt (who is later killed by Romeo).
- Now art thou what thou art, by art as well as by nature, for this driveling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble in a hole. - Act 2, Scene 4
- A plague o’ both your houses. They have made worms’ meat of me. - Act 3, Scene 1
- True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy. - Act 1, Scene 4
- Appear thou in likeness of a sigh, Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied, Cry but “Ay me,” pronounce but “love” and “dove.” - Act 2, Scene 1
- O Romeo, that she were, O, that she were; An open-arse, thou a poperin pear! - Act 2, Scene 1
Friar Lawrence quotes
Friar Lawrence is a trustworthy character in the play who acts as an advisor to Romeo and Juliet and who gets them married. He hopes that by marrying the two, the feuding families will reconcile. He plays an indispensable role in the play by being the one Juliet goes to to craft a plan for herself and Romeo to be together.
- For by your leaves, you shall not stay alone, Til Holy Church incorporate two in one. - Act 2, Scene 6
- These violent delights have violent ends. - Act 2, Scene 5
- Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. - Act 2, Scene 3
- Within the infant rind of this weak flower; Poison hath residence and medicine power. - Act 2, Scene 3
- For this alliance may so happy prove, To turn your households’ rancor to pure love. - Act 2, Scene 3
Famous Shakespeare quotes about love
William Shakespeare is arguably the best British writer of all time. His works spanned across many topics and were quite extraordinary. As an actor, a playwright, and a poet, he was known for his wise words that are still famous to this day, centuries after his demise. Among all his notable quotations, Shakespeare love quotes are among the most popular.
- Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate — Sonnet 18, lines 1-2
- Speak low if you speak love - Much Ado About Nothing: Act 2, Scene 1
- The sight of lovers feedeth those in love’ - As You Like It: Act 3, Scene 4
- And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony. - Love’s Labour’s Lost
- If music be the food of love, play on- Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 1
- No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.- As You Like It
- The stroke of death is as a lovers pinch, Which hurts and is desired. - Antony & Cleopatra: Act 5, Scene 5
- The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is woman, and therefore to be won - Henry VI Part 1: Act 5, Scene 2
- Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love. - Hamlet
- Whoever loved that loved not at first sight? - As You Like It
- I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty. - King Lear: Act 1, Scene 1
- Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night. - Romeo and Juliet
- Love sought is good, but given unsought is better - Twelfth Night
- I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest. - Much Ado About Nothing
In the words of the famous playwright, “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Reading through these Romeo and Juliet quotes, it is clear to see why Shakespeare's artistry is still lauded to this day.