Romeo and Juliet Quotes

O, she is rich in beauty, only poor/That when she dies, with beauty dies her store. Romeo to Benvolio, about Rosaline in street before party, after fight.-Love/Lust-Dowry-Juxtaposition-Diane’s wit-Cupid
O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! Romeo as soliloquy + Tybalt about Juliet when he first saw her at the party.-Light + Dark-Lust + Love-Swan among crows
Verona brags of him/ To be a virtuous and well-governed youth. Capulet to Tybalt about Romeo when he arrived at the party in Capulet’s place.-Hospitality-Humors/Balance-Good manners-Patience
…he’s the courageous captain of compliments. Mercutio to Benvolio about Tybalt after the party, while looking for Romeo outside.-Sarcastic-Double meaning, alliteration-Prince of Cats
…he’s a man of wax… he’s a flower… a very flower. Nurse to Juliet about Paris after planning the party in Juliet’s room.-Perfection of outward form-Love = looks (love vs. lust)-Wax + flowers ruin easily
A damned saint, an honorable villain Juliet to herself + Nurse about Romeo after Romeo killed Tybalt in Juliet’s room.-Oxymorons-Beauty on outside-Religion-Light vs. dark (opposites)
Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!/ You tallow face! Capulet to Juliet about Juliet after she said she’d rather marry Romeo than Paris.-Tallow = historical-Paleness = light = bad (light + dark)-Women = objects-Rotting meat = death-Plague-Humors-Choleric Capulet and Melancholic = pale/tallow
She’ll not be hit/ with Cupid’s arrow… From Love’s weak childish bow she lives unharmed. Romeo to Benvolio about Rosaline in street, after fight, before party.-Cupid-Diane/Artemis-Love vs. Lust
I cannot bound a pitch above dull woe/Under love’s heavy burden do I sink. Romeo to Mercutio and Benvolio about himself in street, after fight, before party.-Humors-Bound double meaning (love = hurt/heal)-Fortune’s wheel, sink down
An eagle, madam/ Hath not so green, so quick, so fair an eye. Nurse to Juliet about Paris after Romeo killed Tybalt in Juliet’s room.-Eagle = Zeus-Green sickness (plague), spring (humor)-Fair = light skinned (light)-Tragedy + comedy-Eyes = love
You are a saucy boy. Capulet to Tybalt about Tybalt at party in Capulet’s place.-Humors (Tybalt = Choleric)-S = hissing = anger = cats – Prince of Cats (Reynard the Fox)
Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty. Romeo to Juliet’s corpose about Juliet in the tomb before Romeo commits suicide.-Death = paler = phlegm-Honey, flowers, harvest-Plague = eat honey-Love vs. lust (Still beautiful in death, Romeo = superficial)
Therefore love moderately: long love doth so… Friar Lawrence to Romeo before wedding at church-Love is patient, love is kind (bible, wedding)-Contrast, Love vs. lust -Irony-Honey (plague + harvest)
The obsequies that I for thee will keep/ Nightly shall be to strew thy grave and weep. Paris to Juliet’s corpse in tomb before Romeo comes.-Melancholic-Love vs. Lust-Dark = good-Tears = dew
Content thee, gentle coz. Let him alone. Capulet to Tybalt about Romeo when he arrived at the party in Capulet’s place.-Hospitality-Humors/Balance-Good manners-Patience (Love vs. Lust)-Irony of “gentle”
It is the East, and Juliet is the sun! Romeo as soliloquy in Capulet’s garden after party.-Sunrise, light + dark, flipping of cultural hegemony-Green sickness = puberty, plague, humors-Sun = Apollo, Artemis (sister) = virginity-Envy = green
If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Mercutio to Romeo (and Benvolio) helping with Rosaline, in street before party.-Sexual innuendo-Love vs. lust-Rough humor (Choleric)-Lesser sex
Compare her face with some that I shall show/ And I will make thee think thy swan a crow. Benvolio to Romeo about Rosaline in the streets before the party.-Love + lust, beautiful-Dark + light-Couplet-Crows = symbols of death-Swan among crows
He jests at scars that never felt a wound. -Romeo as soliloquy about Mercutio as Romeo climbed into garden and overheard conversation after party.-Irony of Mercutio’s death (stabbed in heart)-Love vs. lust
Be patient, for the world is broad and wide. Friar Lawrence to Romeo in church after Romeo was banished.-Patience in love-Irony of patience-Romeo talks of purgatory (Religion)-Romeo and Melancholic humor
Love’s heralds should be thoughts… Juliet as soliloquy, waiting for news about Romeo after engagement in her room.-Cupid-Love + lust-Warm youthful blood = humor, sanguine-Similes + hyperboles show impatience
Death lies on her like an untimely frost/ Upon the sweetest flower of all the field. Capulet to self, Nurse, + Lady Capulet after Juliet appears “dead” after she drank the poison, in her bed.-Blood settled = humor, sanguine-Simile-Juliet = flower, harvest season-Love theme
Now, by the stock and honor of my kin/ To strike him dead I hold it not a sin. Tybalt to Capulet about killing Romeo at party he crashed.-Sin = Religion reference-Choleric Tybalt-Light + dark-Killing for honor of family, Odyssey
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books… Romeo as soliloquy after Juliet agrees to marry in garden after party.-Love vs lust-Fate-Love = Book-Want thy light -Heavy looks, melancholy
My poverty but not my will consents. Apothecary to Romeo after he’s bribed to illegally sell poison so Romeo can commit suicide.-Fate (no choice)-Sin-Medicine + drugs = plague
I would the fool were married to her grave Lady Capulet to Juliet after she refuses to marry Paris in her room.-Irony of Juliet’s death-Fortune’s fool-Marriage and dowry
These violent delights have violent ends. Friar Lawrence to Romeo before marriage at church.-Irony + foreshadowing-Love vs. lust-Choleric love-Fate
O, happy dagger/ This is thy sheath. There rust, and let me die. Juliet as soliloquy before suicide after Romeo’s suicide in tomb.-Fate vs. free will (happy = fortune)-Romeo = dagger, Juliet = sheath-Suicide = melancholic
Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat… Mercutio to Benvolio about Benvolio wanting to fight-Italien men stereotype-Similes-Light vs. Dark-Choleric humor-Irony, Mercutio fights Tybalt
But you shall bear the burden soon at night. Nurse to Juliet after she delivers news about marriage.-Irony of Nurse protecting-Burden double meaning-Sanguine blood references-Dowry + marriage-Night = darkness
Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. Friar Lawrence to Romeo after he told him about Juliet in the Friar’s garden after engagement.-Aesop (Tortoise and the hare)-Irony when Friar trips-Love vs. Lust-Slow + Steady = phlegmatic instead of sanguine
I do beseech you, sir, have patience/ Your looks are pale and wild and do import/ Some misadventure. Balthasar to Romeo before suicide near tomb.-Balthasar in bible (one of three wise men)-Pale + wild = melancholic-Love vs. lust – impatience-Irony of Romeo not having patience

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