Romeo and Juliet: Quotes

“O she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night. Like a rich jewel in Ethiop’s ear” Romeo to himself about Juliet — about Juliet when he first sees her. Juliet stand out from everyone else in the party (cause she is beautiful), simile**
“Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling. Being but heavy I will bear the light” Romeo to Mercussio -> when they arrive at the part-> not in the mood to dance because he is sad (Rosaline)
“I fear too early, for my mind misgives some consequence yet hanging in the stars shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night’s revels, and expire the term of a despised life closed in my breast by some vile forfeit of untimely death” Romeo -> To Benvolio and Mercutio -> saying how he doesn’t want to go, but he will go anyways–> That the party is bad luck, a change of fate
“What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word/ As I hate Hell, all Montaques, and thee.” Tybalt to Benvolio-> in the begining when they are fighting- he hates Montaques (and Benvolio)
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet to Romeo — Balcony scene — if he changed names everything would be fine
“The earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb; What is her burying grave, that is her womb.” Frair — to himself while collecting herbs — life give way to death and death gives life — oxymoron or paradox
“Young men’s love then lies Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes” Frair to Romeo — Dicussing wedding — young men love beauty instead what is on the inside
“Well, you have made a simple choice. You know not how to choose a man” Nurse to Juliet — when she comes back from Romeo, she is mocking Juliet
“tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but tis enough, twill serve, ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” Mercussio, Romeo, while he is STILL dying, I am going to die and I will be buried in the ground tommorrow.
I do protest I never injured thee But love thee better than thou canst devise Till thou know the reason of my love” Romeo to Tybalt — bout to fight — he loves him cause they are family but Tybalt doesn’t know
“O, I have bought the mansion of a love But not yet possessed it, and, though I am sold, Not yet enjoyed” Juliet, herself — waiting for Romeo — Only half-married
“O serpent heart hid with a flow’ring face! Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave” Juliet to Nurse — Romeo is pretty but evil on the inside– oxymoron or paradox****
“Affliction is enamored of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.” Frair to Romeo — you are married to a disaster — after he is banished
“As if that, shot from deadly level o a gun, did murder her, as the name’s cursed hand, Murdered her kinsmen” Romeo to Frair — he shot juliet because of her pain she is showing
“I will make a desperate tender/ Of my child’s love. I think she will be ruled/ In all respect by me.” Capulet to Paris — when Paris came to comfort Juliet — he’ll make decision for Juliet and she’ll listen
“O God, I have an ill-divining soul! Methinks I see thee, now thou art so low As one dead in the bottom of a tomb” Juliet to Romeo, When he is learning the balcony he looks like a corpse and feels bad is coming.
“An you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend. An you be not, hang, be, starve, die in the streets…” Capulet to Juliet, He will kick her out of the house if she doesn’t marry Paris
“If, rather than to marry County Paris, Thou hast the strength of will to slay thyself, Then is it likely thou wilt undertake A thing like death” Friar to Juliet, If she is willing to die, then you could probably fake it
“God knows when we shall meet again. I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins.” Juliet about Mom. She fears she will never see her again.
“Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death, Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth, Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open, And in despite I’ll cram thee with more food.” Romeo to Juliet’s tomb — After she “died” — He is going to go inside and die to feed her tomb — personification***
“Good gentle youth, tempt not a desp’rate man…. Put not another sin upon my head/ By urging me to fury.” Romeo to Paris — Go away or I will kill you
“Ah, dear Juliet, Why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe That insubstantial death is amorous, And that the lean abhorred monster keeps Thee here in dark to be his paramour?” Romeo to Juliet’s “corpse” — You’re pretty even though you are dead
“See what scourge is laid upon your hate, That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love, And I, for winking at your discords too, Have lost a brace of kinsman. All are punished.” Prince to the Capulets and Montaques — After death central in Juliet’s tomb — We all lost and we are all to be punished
“Your looks are pale and wild and do import some misadventure” Balathsar to Romeo — You’re going to do something dumb
“Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua’s law is death to any he that utters them.” Apothecary to Romeo — I am not going to sell you illeagal poison
“Sweet flower, with flowers thy bridal bed I strew” Paris to “dead” Juliet — You are as sweet as a flower and I will lay these flowers down that resemble you so much
“An I were so apt to quarrel as thou art, any man should buy the fee simple of my life for an hour and a quarter” Tybalt to Mercussio — before they fought — he is more prepared to fight that Mercussio is

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